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seġnian, from signare.


  • /seɪn/
    Rhymes with: -eɪn


  1. In the context of "transitive|archaic": To make the sign of the cross on or over something or someone.
  2. In the context of "intransitive|obsolete|_|except in Scots": To make the sign of the cross.
  3. In the context of "transitive|archaic": To bless, to keep from evil influence.
    • 1983: The child was sained then. Fir candles were lighted and whirled round the bed in which mother and infant lay. — Robert Nye, The Facts of Life







Compare Esperanto sana, Italian sano, Latin sanus, Spanish sano


  • /sɛ̃/



  1. healthy


sinus. Compare French sein, Italian seno, Romanian sân, Spanish seno

Related terms



  1. To make the sign of the cross.

Extensive Definition

This article is about a Welsh record label. For other meanings see Sain (disambiguation).
Sain (Welsh for Sound), in full - Recordiau Sain Cyf (Sound Records Ltd) is an influential Welsh record label, which was instrumental in the Welsh folk revival.
It was founded in Cardiff in 1969 by singer-songwriters Dafydd Iwan and Huw Jones, and businessman Brian Morgan Edwards, as a home for Welsh-language rock and folk music, which was otherwise finding it difficult to 'break through' in the UK market. The company released its first single in October 1969, Huw Jones’ Dŵr (Welsh for Water), a powerful song about the controversial drowning of the Tryweryn Valley, in the north-west of Wales, to form Llyn Celyn reservoir. Many of the company’s early releases were recorded at the Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire. In the early 1970s Sain moved to the Caernarfon area, and opened their first recording studio in 1975 near Llandwrog. Today Sain remains the biggest producer of music of Wales, covering traditional, folk, rock, pop, hip-hop, rap, country and classical music. Rasal Cyf. is the latest label, and this signs young Welsh bands.
The label's Chief Executive is now Dafydd Roberts.

Branch Labels

Sain - main label
Crai - mainstream rock label
Rasal - pop/indie label for young talents
Slic - library music label

External links

sain in Welsh: Cwmni Recordiau Sain
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