See also: Sven

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Swedish sven, svæn, from Old Norse svæinn (Old West Norse sveinn), from Proto-Germanic *swaina-, *swainaz (relative, young man, servant). Cognate with Danish svend (young man; apprentice), Faroese sveinur (boy; virgin; bachelor; apprentice), Icelandic sveinn (boy), Norwegian svein (boy; servant).[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sven c

  1. (archaic) a young man, especially if still a virgin or unmarried; a boy
  2. (historical) a male servant
  3. (historical) an apprentice; a journeyman

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ sven in Svenska Akademiens ordbok online.
  2. ^ sven in Elof Hellquist, Svensk etymologisk ordbok (1st ed., 1922)
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