From Anglo-Norman Reins, Middle French Reins, variant of Reims (“Rheims”), the French town where the fabric was originally produced.
- (historical) A type of fine linen once imported from France.
- 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke XV:
- There was a certayne riche man, which was clothed in purple, and fine raynes, and fared deliciously every daye.
- A surname.