- (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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Examples from the Web for wain
Wain, who reunites with co-writer Michael Showalter, penned the first script for They Came Together in 2001.Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler’s Ultimate Rom Com Spoof ‘They Came Together’
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Then he hoisted the tree on to the wain, roped it into place, and told the cartman to drive on.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Then, all at once, a wain had stood at the gate: the servants hastened to open it.
Lorand pointed speechlessly to the wain, and could not tell them.
And after the wain, on foot, the two brothers, hand in hand.
With the Wenman, who drove the wain, we may mention the Leader or Loader.The Romance of Names
- mainly poetic a farm wagon or cart
Old English wægn; related to Old Frisian wein, Old Norse vagn
- 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)
Word Origin and History for wain
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