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Swan appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Swan swam over the sea.
    Swim, swan, swim!
    Swan swam back again.
    Well swum swan!

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb swan:


Swan is sometimes a misspelling of swans.

The word swan is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun swan

What does swan mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: swans / swan (less preferred form)

  1. stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic term: aquatic bird = wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
    • more specific terms:
    • part: swan's down = down of the swan
    • member of: Anatidae / family Anatidae = swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese
    • young animal: cygnet / flapper
    • female animal: pen
    • male animal: cob
    • collective noun: bank (on the ground) / bevy / drift / eyrar / flight / flock / game / herd / lamentation (fanciful) / sownder / team / wedge (in flight) / whiting
    • collateral adjective: cygnine

Alternative definition of the noun swan


  1. (plural also 'swan') Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus, most of which have white plumage.
  2. [figuratively] One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.


  1. [soccer] someone connected with Swansea City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach, etc.
  2. [Australian rules football] someone connected with the Sydney Swans, as a fan, player, coach, etc.

Definition of the verb swan

What does swan mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: swanned | swanning | swans

  1. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    • example: They swan that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of swan: affirm / assert / aver / avow / swear / verify
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
    • more specific words:
      • hold = assert or affirm
      • claim / take = lay claim to
      • attest = authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
      • declare = state firmly
      • protest = affirm or avow formally or solemnly
      • assure / tell = inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  2. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
  3. sweep majestically
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: sail / sweep = move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions


  1. Swan is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 72 at the 2010 census.
  2. Swan is an unincorporated community in east central Smith County, Texas, United States. It is located on U. S. Highway 69, three miles north of Tyler. According to the Handbook of Texas, in "...1892 Swan had a population of 200, ten fruit growers, a blacksmith, a carpenter, two doctors, a railroad agent, three schoolteachers, three cotton gins, a general store, and a sawmill.
  3. Swan a.k.a. Swan Township is one of thirteen townships in Noble County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,399 and it contained 965 housing units.
  4. Swan a.k.a. Swan, Wisconsin: Swan is an unincorporated community in the town of Frankfort, Marathon County, Wisconsin. Wisconsin, United States.

There are other places with in their name, like Old Swan, Swan Dive, Swan Hill, Swan Lake, Swan Pond, Swan-Dive, Swan Creek, Swan Hills, Swan Point, Swan Reach, Swan River, Swan's Way, Upper Swan, White Swan, Hanley Swan, Little Swan, Middle Swan, Swan Island, Swan Valley and City of Swan.


  1. Swan a.k.a. Justine Joli is the stage name of an American adult model and pornographic actress.
  2. Swan is a musical artist.
    • also known as Dmitry Swann
    • born in (42 years ago) in Saint Petersburg
    • profession: Musician
  3. Swan a.k.a. Aswan Harris is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Ann Swan, Bob Swan, Don Swan, Ian Swan, Jim Swan, Joe Swan, Jon Swan, Joy Swan, Kal Swan, Kim Swan and many others.


SWAN is a musical group.

  • also known as 스완
  • album: "Booming SWAN!"


Swan is a beer label owned by Lion Nathan. Originally brewed by the Swan Brewery in Western Australia.


  1. Swan is a fictional character from the 1979 film The Warriors.
  2. Swan is a fictional film character created by Brian De Palma.
  3. Swan is a fictional character from the 1976 film Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.
  4. Swan is a fictional character from Letting Go.
  5. Swan is a fictional character from the 1977 film Ultimo mondo cannibale.
  6. Swan is a fictional character from Beverly Hills Copulator.
  7. Swan is a fictional character from the 1987 film Interzone.
  8. Swan is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Velveteen Rabbit.
  9. Swan is a fictional character from the 1989 The Iron Triangle film.
  10. Swan is a fictional character from the 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson.
  11. Swan is a fictional character from the 2013 film Scrapper.
  12. Swan is a fictional film character.
  13. Swan is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Joe Swan, Alex Swan, Emma Swan, Mary Swan, Bella Swan, Helen Swan, Peter Swan, swan-white, Robert Swan, Charlie Swan, Geoffrey Swan, The Black Swan.


  1. "Swan" is the sixth studio album by the San Diego-based punk band Unwritten Law. It was released on March 29, 2011 on Suburban Noize Records. It's the band's first album in six years, since 2005's Here's to the Mourning. This is their last album to feature guitarist Steve Morris and bassist Pat "PK" Kim, who left Unwritten Law late in 2011, and also their only studio album with Dylan Howard as their drummer.
  2. "SWAN" is a musical album of Fourteendays.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  3. "Swan" is a musical album of Mette Hartmann.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Swan" is a musical album of Caul.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  5. "Swan" is a musical single of Elisa.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  6. "Swan" is a composition.
    • award:
      • Independent Music Award for Best Song - Used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia nomination for Karmacoda
      • Independent Music Award for Best Song - Used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia, received by Karmacoda


"Swan" is a book by Frances Mayes.

  • genres: Fiction, Suspense
  • subjects: Death, Literary, Mystery


"Swan" is a 2011 Portuguese film directed by Teresa Villaverde.


"Swan" is an artwork by Jacek Yerka.


  1. Swan is a drinking establishment.
  2. Swan is a drinking establishment.
  3. Swan is a drinking establishment.

There are other foods with Swan in their name, like Wild Swan.


  1. The Swan is a chair and a couch designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. It is manufactured by Danish furniture manufacturer Republic of Fritz Hansen.
    • also known as 天鵝椅
  2. Swan is a shōjo manga by Kyoko Ariyoshi. The shōjo magazine Margaret serialized the story in Japan during the seventies. 21 volumes were released. In North America the story was published by CMX, but the series was abandoned after 15 volumes due to the closure of the imprint. The plot mostly follows a young girl, Masumi, as she struggles to become a ballerina.
  3. The Swan Egg is a Fabergé egg, one in a series of fifty-two jewelled eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé. Commissioned in 1906 by Tsar Nicholas II, the egg was presented to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on Easter that year for her 40th wedding anniversary.
  4. Swan was a U.S. test nuclear explosive, which was developed into the XW-45 warhead.
  5. Swan is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Swan

Phrases starting with the word Swan:

  1. Swan boat
  2. swan dive
  3. swan song
  4. Swan-Dive
  5. swan-neck
  6. swan goose
  7. Swan Plant
  8. Swan Sedge
  9. Swan Upper
  10. swan orchid
  11. Swan Upping
  12. swan-flower
  13. swan's down
  14. Swan's Sedge

Phrases ending with the word Swan:

  1. mute swan
  2. black swan
  3. tundra swan
  4. whooper swan
  5. bewick's swan
  6. Coscoroba Swan

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Swan

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Google previewCyclopedia of Farm Animals (1922)

by Liberty Hyde Bailey

The Berwick swan is the smallest white variety. The neck is short and very...

The Trumpeter swan is a native of the United States and is found principally west of the Mississippi river, but has been seen as far east as Ohio. In former years it bred ...

Google previewCyclopedia of American Agriculture (1912)

A Popular Survey of Agricultural Conditions, Practices and Ideas in the United States and Canada by Liberty Hyde Bailey

The Berwick swan is the smallest white variety. The neck is short and very...

The Trumpeter swan is a native of the United States and is found principally west of the Mississippi river, but has been seen as far east as Ohio. In former years it bred ...

Google previewAnimals (1917)

by Liberty Hyde Bailey

The Berwick swan is the smallest white variety. The neck is short and very...

The Trumpeter swan is a native of the United States and is found principally west of the Mississippi river, but has been seen as far east as Ohio. In former years it bred ...

Google previewAnimal Speak (2010)

The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small by Ted Andrews

The swan is a stately aquatic bird with a long graceful neck and beautiful white plumage.

Google previewThe New B.C. Roadside Naturalist (2014)

A Guide to Nature along B.C. Highways by Richard Cannings, Sydney Cannings

The trumpeter swan is the largest bird in North America, breeding on lakes and marshes across the northern half of the...

and the mute swan is an introduced species on southern Vancouver Island, the Fraser Delta and in various city parks.

Google previewBrady's Book of Fixed Stars (1999)

by Bernadette Brady

The swan is a powerful image in our modern psyche. The discovery of the black swans of Western...

Google previewBirdology (2015)

30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds by Monica Russo, Kevin Byron

Many other birds have different names for the males, females, and fledglings or hatchlings: A male swan is a cob. A female falcon is a falcon, but the male is a tiercel (TEER- sel).

Google previewCompton's Pictured Encyclopedia (1922)

To Inspire Ambition, to Stimulate the Imagination, to Provide the Inquiring Mind with Accurate Information Told in an Interesting Style, and Thus Lead Into Broader Fields of Knowledge, Such is the Purpose of this Work by Guy Stanton Ford

The birds feed on seeds, roots, small PURPLE MART INS - The Common or “Mute” Swan is the most graceful of.

Google previewThe West Australian Settler's Guide and Farmer's Handbook (1897)

by L. Lindley-Cowen

On the whole the Swan is a very healthy district for stock ; they do not require a ' coast change ' when they are kept there any length of time. They do not get at the poison, as they are ill ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Hegel's Logic (1998)

by Justus Hartnack

The fully developed swan is the end of a continuous process. The difference betwen external and internal teleology is clear: To build a house is to impose the form of a house on some materials — a form the materials do not possess by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Poetry (2015)

by R. Victoria Arana

andinLa muertedel cisne(The Deathofthe Swan, ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art (2006)

by Hope B. Werness

SWAN Right: Greek Apulian skyphos depicting a swan in the Gnathian technique , in which white slip is applied directly over lustrous black slip that covers most of the cup. A lion appears on the other side of this eggshell- thin wine cup, c.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

cygnus, a Swan. A young Swan. Delicious beds of cygnets' softest downe, Cushions of roses, lilies, violets, Bathes of perfumed oiles, footpathes thick strown With budding Summer's undcflower'd sweets. Beaumont. Psyclte, can. 4. St. 159.

Google previewThe Domestic Encyclopaedia; Or, A Dictionary of Facts, and Useful Knowledge (1804)

Comprehending a Concise View of the Latest Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements, Chiefly Applicable to Rural and Domestic Economy. Together with Descriptions of the Most Interesting Objects of Nature and Art; the History of Men and Animals, in a State of Health Or Disease; and Practical Hints Respecting the Arts and Manufactures, Both Familiar and Commercial, Illustrated with Numerous Engravings and Cuts in Five Volumes by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, James Mease

VVhistiing-swan; sec Swan, the \Vild. \Vhitloe; see \Vhitlow. \IVild-basil; sec Thyme. Wild Burnet; see Burnet, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sport and Games (1911)

by Charles Howard Suffolk and Berkshire (Earl.)

The Whooper is the same length as the Mute swan, both measuring about 5 feet, but in consequence of a somewhat slighter form or more slender build, it does not attain to the weight of the more familiar species. The average weight of the ...

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Quotes about Swan

Just because swans mate for life, I don't think it's that big of a deal. First of all, if you're a swan, you're probably not going to find a swan that looks that much better than the one you've got, so why not mate for life (Jack Handey)
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Scrabble value of S1W4A1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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