Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young swan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The immature young of a swan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young swan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young swan; specifically, in heraldry, a small swan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young swan

Etymologies

Middle English cignet, from Anglo-Norman, diminutive of Old French cygne, swan, from Latin cygnus, from Greek kuknos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cignet, signet, from Anglo-Norman cignet, diminutive of Old French cigne ("swan"), from Latin cygnus, cycnus ("swan"), from Ancient Greek κύκνος (kýknos, "swan"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The couple in the southern end of the lake, raising four brown cygnets, are trying to drive out the other family, which has one cygnet.

    Steel Shot or Counseling for "Murderous" Swans?

  • Unbelievably, the cygnet appeared again, its tiny bill silently grabbing at the air.

    The Swans

  • Despite their efforts, the cygnet was once again able to raise its head above the surface and screech.

    The Swans

  • Carl de Souza/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The uppers collected a cygnet swan during their trip.

    Counting the Queen's Swans

  • Sang Tan/Associated Press Swan uppers released a swan and a cygnet back onto the river at Bray, near Windsor, Monday.

    Counting the Queen's Swans

  • Sang Tan/Associated Press A captured cygnet was inspected at Bray.

    Counting the Queen's Swans

  • Up to the mid-1800s, swan marking was akin to cow branding: A unique mark, carved into the beak of a newborn cygnet, designated ownership by a specific, chartered family or organization.

    Counting the Queen's Swans

  • Alas! my child, why fling thy arms around me, as a snowy cygnet folds its wings about the frail old swan?

    The Bacchantes

  • Now, the young cygnet has grown into an attractive, charismatic and destined-to-be powerful player.

    Breaking Out The Ugly Stick

  • Knowing, as she did, things which the cygnet could not even dimly perceive, shetook it upon herself to act as her guide.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

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