Meaning of swan


Pronunciation: (swon), [key]
  1. any of several large, stately aquatic birds of the subfamily Anserinae, having a long, slender neck and usually pure-white plumage in the adult. Cf.
  2. a person or thing of unusual beauty, excellence, purity, or the like.
  3. a person who sings sweetly or a poet.
  4. (cap.)the constellation Cygnus.


Pronunciation: (swon), [key]
  1. to swear or declare (used with I): Well, I swan, I never expected to see you here!


Pronunciation: (swon), [key]
  1. 1828–1914, British chemist, electrical engineer, and inventor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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