Middle English young man, servantfrom Old Norse sveinns(w)e- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old Norse sveinn, from Proto-Germanic*swaina-, *swainaz (“relative, young man, servant"), from Proto-Indo-European*se- (“aside, separated, apart"). Cognate with Old English swān.
Swain Sentence Examples
In effect, they create a personality for the uncouth swain.
By giving shelter to the fugitive Eadgils, a rebel against his uncle the king of the " Swain " (the Swedes, dwelling to the north of the Gautar), Heardred brought on himself an invasion, in which he lost his life.
Pediatric dietitian, Dave Swain, has some words of advice.
The next term Mr C Swain came to take the woodwork classes at Victoria Road.
The charming Julia Belle Swain was built in 1971 and is considered one of the few authentic steam-powered passenger vessels still in operation on the Mississippi.