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sain

[seyn] /seɪn/
verb (used with object), Archaic.
1.
to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
2.
to bless.
Origin of sain
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English segnian (cognate with German segnen to bless) < Late Latin signāre to sign with the cross
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  • We'll have him—the biggest turkey ever sailed out of ol' sain' Peer.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • Of the townships on the north of the sain River one is Akhs.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The column was re-formed at sain Kaleh and proceeded by easier stages 200 miles further southward to Hamadan.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • As it nis good, I nill say—or sain, instead of it is not good—I will not say.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • L'pus jone dit a sain pre, "Main pre, baill m'chou qui doo me 'r'v'nir ed vous bien," et leu pre leu partit sain bien.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Farghna has seven separate townships,46 five on the south and two on the north of the sain.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • (b) Erskine (p. 5, translating from the Persian): The river sain flows under the walls of the castle.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • sain and Augustin between them held the sceptre of miniature painting under the Empire.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • sain de Bois-le Comte, one of the staff, became minister plenipotentiary at Turin.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • L'pus jone dit a sain pre, "Main pre, baill m'cheu qu doo me 'r v'nir ed vous bien," et lue pre leu partit sain bien.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for sain

sain

/seɪn/
verb
1.
(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
v.

"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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