Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

raven

play
noun ra·ven \ˈrā-vən\

Simple Definition of raven

  • : a bird that has shiny black feathers and looks like a crow but is larger

Full Definition of raven

  1. :  a large glossy black corvine bird (Corvus corax) of Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and America

Illustration of raven

Origin of raven

Middle English, from Old English hræfn; akin to Old High German hraban raven, Latin corvus, Greek korax


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with raven


2

raven

adjective ra·ven

Simple Definition of raven

  • : shiny and black

Full Definition of raven

  1. :  shiny and black like a raven's feathers <raven hair>

Examples of raven

  1. <a black satin dress that matches her silky, raven hair>



1588

First Known Use of raven

1588

Rhymes with raven


3

raven

play
verb rav·en \ˈra-vən\

Definition of raven

rav·enedrav·en·ing play \ˈra-və-niŋ, ˈrav-niŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to feed greedily

  3. 2 :  to prowl for food :  prey

  4. 3 :  plunder

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to devour greedily

  7. 2 :  despoil <men…raven the earth, destroying its resources — New Yorker>

rav·en·er play \ˈra-və-nər, ˈrav-nər\ noun


Examples of raven

  1. <the rat ravened the poisoned bait just as we had hoped>



Origin of raven

Middle French raviner to rush, take by force, from ravine rapine


First Known Use: 1530



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up raven? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ