Be·​o·​wulf ˈbā-ə-ˌwu̇lf How to pronounce Beowulf (audio)
: a legendary Geatish warrior and hero of the Old English poem Beowulf
Beowulfian adjective

Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Beowulf was before the 12th century

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“Beowulf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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