rain etymology

English word rain comes from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (Rain.), Latin *retina ((Vulgar Latin) rein.)

Detailed word origin of rain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*regnaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Rain.
*retina Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin) rein.
reġn Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
regn Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Rain.
resne Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Rein (for an animal).
roÿne Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
reyne Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
rain English (eng) (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.. (intransitive) To fall like rain.. (obsolete) To reign.. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.. To fall as or like rain. (figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.. (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise [...]

Words with the same origin as rain

Descendants of *regnaz
rainbow raincoat rainforest rainy rein