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leman

[lem-uh n, lee-muh n] /ˈlɛm ən, ˈli mən/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a sweetheart; lover; beloved.
2.
a mistress.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English lemman, earlier leofman. See lief, man1
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British Dictionary definitions for lemen

leman

/ˈlɛmən; ˈliː-/
noun (archaic)
1.
a beloved; sweetheart
2.
a lover or mistress
Word Origin
C13 lemman, leofman, from leof dear, lief + man

Léman

/lemɑ̃/
noun
1.
Lac Léman, the French name for (Lake) Geneva
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Word Origin and History for lemen

leman

n.

"sweetheart, paramour" (archaic), late 13c., from Middle English leofman (c.1200), from Old English leof "dear" (see lief) + man "human being, person" (see man (n.)). Originally of either gender, though deliberate archaic usage tends to limit it to women.

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