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Definition of Swan

Swan

  1. Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninae. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
  2. Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.
  3. The constellation Cygnus.

Swan Quotations

'Swan Lake' is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer; it really requires such specific qualities of articulation, agility, strength, and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.
Benjamin Millepied

Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.
Hans Christian Andersen

What 'War and Peace' is to the novel and 'Hamlet' is to the theater, Swan Lake' is to ballet - that is, the name which to many people stands for and sums up an art form.
Robert Gottlieb

In America, there's a programme called 'The Swan.' They take 12 ugly people and call them 'ugly ducklings.' They spend six months and have everything done - plastic surgery, teeth, everything. And then they have this moment where their family is brought in, and they are revealed. It's scary.
Trinny Woodall

What really matters is that 'Black Swan' deploys and exaggerates all the cliches of earlier ballet movies, especially 'The Red Shoes,' another tale of a ballerina driven mad and suicidal.
Robert Gottlieb
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Swan Translations

swan in Danish is svane
swan in Dutch is zwaan
swan in Finnish is joutsen
swan in French is cygne
swan in German is Schwan, Schwans, Schwan
swan in Italian is cigno
swan in Portuguese is cisne
swan in Spanish is cisne
swan in Swedish is svan
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