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[seyn] /seɪn/
verb (used with object), Archaic.
to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
to bless.
Origin of sain
before 900; Middle English; Old English segnian (cognate with German segnen to bless) < Late Latin signāre to sign with the cross Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sain


(transitive) (archaic) to make the sign of the cross over so as to bless or protect from evil or sin
Word Origin
Old English segnian, from Latin signare to sign (with the cross)
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Word Origin and History for sain

"to cross oneself; to mark with the sign of the cross," Old English segnian, from Latin signare "to sign" (in Church Latin "to make the sign of the Cross"); see sign (n.). A common Germanic borrowing, cf. Old Saxon segnon, Dutch zegenen, Old High German seganon, German segnen "to bless," Old Norse signa.

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