wain

[ weyn ]
/ weɪn /

noun

(initial capital letter) Astronomy. Charles's Wain.
a farm wagon or cart.

Origin of wain

before 900; Middle English; Old English wægn, wǣn, cognate with Dutch wagen, German Wagen. See weigh1
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British Dictionary definitions for wain (1 of 2)

wain

/ (weɪn) /

noun

mainly poetic a farm wagon or cart

Word Origin for wain

Old English wægn; related to Old Frisian wein, Old Norse vagn

British Dictionary definitions for wain (2 of 2)

Wain

/ (weɪn) /

noun

John (Barrington). 1925–94, British novelist, poet, and critic. His novels include Hurry on Down (1953), Strike the Father Dead (1962), and Young Shoulders (1982)
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Word Origin and History for wain

wain


n.

Old English wægn "wheeled vehicle," from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (see wagon). Largely fallen from use by c.1600, but kept alive by poets, who found it easier to rhyme on than wagon. As a name for the Big Dipper/Plough, it is from Old English (see Charles's Wain).

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