follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

leman

[lem-uh n, lee-muh n] /ˈlɛm ən, ˈli mən/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a sweetheart; lover; beloved.
2.
a mistress.
Origin of leman
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English lemman, earlier leofman. See lief, man1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for lemen
Historical Examples
  • These changes were the result of compromise, and lemen consistently voted against them.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • Thus, at the time of lemen's arrival, slavery had been sanctioned on the Illinois prairies for sixty-seven years.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • Mr. lemen came to Illinois in 1786 and settled in what is now Monroe County.

  • "Don't know, Mars'r Deck; he and the oder gen'lemen done went ober dat way," replied General.

  • Rev. Benjamin Ogle, Mr. lemen's brother-in-law, and others mentioned this fact in some of their papers and notes.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • It does not appear that Mr. lemen took any active measures against this construction of the anti-slavery ordinance at the time.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • Mr. lemen created the first eight Baptist churches in Illinois, having them especially declare against slavery and intemperance.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • A majority of the signers of this address were lemen's Baptist friends, and its phraseology points to him as its author.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for leman

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for lemen

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for lemen