Definition of swan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//swɒn//
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːn//
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a large bird that is usually white and has a long thin neck. Swans live on or near water. See related entries: Birds Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwaan and German Schwan. The current sense of the verb originated as military slang, referring to the free movement of armoured vehicles.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swan