• To make the sign of the cross on or over something or someone.
  • To make the sign of the cross.
  • To bless, to keep from evil influence.


  • From Middle English sainen, seinen, senen, sinen, signen, from Old English sēnian, seġnian, from Proto-Germanic *segnōną, from Latin signō, from signum. Cognate with Dutch zegenen, German segnen, Irish séan and Scottish Gaelic seun.

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