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rune

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noun \ˈrün\

Simple Definition of rune

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

Full Definition of rune

  1. 1 :  any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3d to the 13th centuries

  2. 2 :  mystery, magic

  3. 3 [Finnish runo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse rūn] a :  a Finnish or Old Norse poem b :  poem, song

ru·nic play \ˈrü-nik\ adjective

Examples of rune

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



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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

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