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From Old French sion and cion, ciun, chion; ultimately of Germanic origin.[1]


sioun (plural siouns or siounes)

  1. scion
    1. offshoot[1]
      • circa 1300–1305: Land Cokaygne, page 74
        In þe praer is a tre … Þe rote is gingeuir and galingale, Þe siouns beþ al sedwale.
      • circa 1380: John Wycliffe, Select English works, book 1, page 166
        As a sioun mai not bere fruyt but if it stonde stable in þe vyne.
      • 1382–1388: John Wycliffe; The Holy Bible, made from the Latin Vulgate by John Wycliffe and his followers; first edition (1382), Ezekiel 17:6{1}; second edition (1388), Numbers 13:24{2} and Jeremiah 5:10{3}
        {1} Þe sed … is mad in to a vineȝerd & made frut in to siounes [L palmites].
        {2} Thei ȝeden til to the stronde of clustre and kittiden doun a sioun with his grape, which twei men baren in a barre.
        {3} Do ȝe awei the siouns therof, for thei ben not seruauntis of the Lord.
    2. descendant[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 sioun” listed on page 943 of the Middle English Dictionary by Robert E. Lewis and John Reidy (1988, University of Michigan Press, →ISBN