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See also: sláin, sla in, and slå in



  • IPA(key): /sleɪn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪn



  1. past participle of slay


slain pl (plural only)

  1. (with "the") Those who have been killed.
    • 1816, Lord Byron, “Canto III”, in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the Third, London: Printed for John Murray, [], OCLC 1015450009, stanza LXIII, page 36:
      [] Morat ! the proud, the patriot field ! where man / May gaze on ghastly trophies of the slain, / Nor blush for those who conquered on that plain ; / Here Burgundy bequeath'd his tombless host, / A bony heap, through ages to remain, / Themselves their monument ;— the Stygian coast / Unsepulchred they roam'd, and shriek'd each wandering ghost.
    • 1906, Mary Elizabeth Lewis, The ethics of Wagner's The ring of the Nibelung, page 41:
      While the Valkyries were the choosers of the valorous slain, they were also obedient to the call of any in distress who asked their help.