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Léman. n.s. [Generally supposed to be laimant, the lover, French; but imagined by Junius with almost equal probability, to be derived from leef, Dutch, or loef, Saxon, beloved and man. This etymology is strongly supported by the antient orthography, according to which it was written leveman.] A sweetheart; a gallant; or a mistress. Hanmer.

Hold for my sake, and do him not to dye;
But vanquish'd, thine eternal bondslave make,
And me thy worthy meed unto thy leman take.
Fa. Qu.

        A cup of wine,
That's brisk and fine,
And drink unto the leman mine.
Shakes. Henry IV.

Sources: Hanmer, Thomas (11) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Junius, Francis (23) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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