noun \ˈrün\

: any of the characters in the alphabets that were used in ancient times by people of Northern Europe

Full Definition of RUNE

:  any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3d to the 13th centuries
:  mystery, magic
[Finnish runo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse rūn]
a :  a Finnish or Old Norse poem
b :  poem, song
ru·nic \ˈrü-nik\ adjective

Examples of RUNE

  1. <wrote many mournful runes after her lover's untimely death>

Illustration of RUNE

Origin of RUNE

Old Norse & Old English rūn mystery, runic character, writing; akin to Old High German rūna secret discussion, Old Irish rún mystery
First Known Use: 1690

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, symbology, wedge


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