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Idioms for main

    in the main, for the most part; chiefly: In the main, the novel was dull reading.

Origin of main

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English meyn, mayn strength, power, Old English mægen, cognate with Old Norse megin(n), megn strength; (adj.) Middle English mayn, partly <Old Norse megenn, megn strong, partly independent use of Old English mægen (noun) taken as an adj. in compounds, as in mægen-weorc, literally, work of might

Definition for main (2 of 3)

main2
[ meyn ]
/ meɪn /

noun

a cockfighting match.

Origin of main

2
1560–70; perhaps special use of main1; compare main chance

Definition for main (3 of 3)

Main
[ meyn; German mahyn ]
/ meɪn; German maɪn /

noun

a river in central and W Germany, flowing W from the Bohemian Forest in N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 miles (490 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for main (1 of 3)

main1
/ (meɪn) /

adjective (prenominal)

noun

Word Origin for main

C13: from Old English mægen strength

British Dictionary definitions for main (2 of 3)

main2
/ (meɪn) /

noun

a throw of the dice in dice games
a cockfighting contest
a match in archery, boxing, etc

Word Origin for main

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for main (3 of 3)

Main
/ (meɪn, German main) /

noun

a river in central and W Germany, flowing west through Würzburg and Frankfurt to the Rhine. Length: about 515 km (320 miles)
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Idioms and Phrases with main

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