Definition of wain in English:

wain

noun

archaic
  • 1A wagon or cart.

    • ‘Out of the East men were moving endlessly: swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of chieftains and laden wains.’
    • ‘You would have heard the marching feet of soldiers then, and the rumble of hooves and the creak of the wheels of wains.’
    • ‘At times, the road was little more than a narrow trail, and loaded wains had great difficulty passing through these bottlenecks, having to smash their way through dense underbrush.’
    wagon, carriage
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    1. 1.1
      short for Charles's Wain

Origin

Old English wæg(e)n, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wagen and German Wagen, also to way and weigh.

Pronunciation

wain

/weɪn/