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From Middle English shon, from Old English scōn, scōum (shoes, dative plural) and scōna (shoes', genitive plural), equivalent to shoe +‎ -en. Cognate with Scots shuin (shoon).



  1. (archaic or dialectal) plural of shoe
    • 1901, Anna Hempstead Branch, The heart of the road:
      Her hair shone like the sun to the girdle she had on, And the robe that she wore was of green. "Sweet child, little child, how got you there?" Down amid the grasses I found some golden shoon Wrought with fine work all about, []
    • 1913, Paulist Fathers, Catholic world:
      It must be a wonderfully fine thing to be beautifully dressed like Master John, and the leather shoon were exactly the same pattern as those worn by the squire's magnificent son.