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Borrowed from French zain


zain (plural zains)

  1. (archaic) A horse of a dark colour with no lighter spots.
    • 1905, Sir William Ridgeway, The origin and influence of the thoroughbred horse
      Azara estimates the proportion of bays amongst these horses to be about ninety to ten zains, that is, entirely dark-coloured without any white; and there is not one black in two thousand; pied and greys occur sometimes []




From Middle High German sein, sīn, from Old High German sīn, from Proto-Germanic *sīnaz (his, hers, its, their own). Cognate with German sein.


zain (plural zain, bon/dar zaindarn) (Sette Comuni)

  1. his, her, its, their
    Dar zain zun machet in zòllander.His son is in the military.
    An tòchtar bon zaindarn ist an léeraren.Their daughter is a teacher.
  2. his, hers, its, theirs
    De khua ist zain.The cow is hers.

Usage notesEdit

The following rules apply to all Cimbrian possessive determiners:

  • They are inflected by number and gender in only exclamations.
  • Before nouns, they are inflected for number only and follow the corresponding definite article (a form of dar).
    • The plural ending is -en, or -∅ when the pronoun itself ends in -n.
  • Predicatively, they are uninflected and the definite article is not used.
  • Following bon (of) or dar (the only surviving trace of a genitive definite article; used for all numbers and genders) they end in -darn.


Inflection of zain
masculine feminine neuter plural
zaindar zaina zaines zaine
These inflections are only used in exclamations.

See alsoEdit

Possessive determiners
singular plural
1st person main ögnar
2nd person dain ôar
3rd person zain


  • “zain” in Martalar, Umberto Martello; Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo



From Italian zaino



zain (feminine singular zaine, masculine plural zains, feminine plural zaines)

  1. (of the coat of a horse, dog etc.) Having no white markings