Meaning of “swan” in the English Dictionary

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"swan" in British English

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swannoun [ C ]

uk /swɒn/ us /swɑːn/

B2 a large, usually white bird with a long neck that lives on rivers and lakes:

We watched the swans glide by.

More examples

  • We took some bread to feed the swans.
  • A young swan is called a cygnet.

swanverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /swɒn/ us /swɑːn/ -nn- UK informal disapproving

(Definition of “swan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"swan" in American English

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swannoun [ C ]

us /swɑn/

any of various types of a large, usually white bird with a long neck that lives on rivers and lakes

(Definition of “swan” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)