swain

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse sveinn, from Proto-Germanic *swaina-, *swainaz (relative, young man, servant), from Proto-Indo-European *se- (aside, separated, apart). Cognate with Old English swān.

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swain (plural swains)

  1. (obsolete) A knight's servant; an attendant.
  2. (archaic) A country labourer; a countryman, a rustic.
  3. (poetic) A rural lover; a male sweetheart in a pastoral setting.

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