Word of the DayThursday, August 28, 2014
\SWEV-uhn\ , noun;
Archaic. a vision; dream.
Thought I, "This is so queint a sweven/ That I wol, by process of time,/ Fonde to put this sweven in ryme…
-- Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400), "The Book of the Duchess"
A grimly sweven I dreamt yestreen;/ I saw thee lie under the hollins green…
-- Charles Kingsley, "The Red King," 1847
Sweven entered English around 900. The term picked up a verbal sense a century later, "to dream," but both terms have since fallen out of use.
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