futhark

play
noun fu·thark \ˈfü-ˌthärk\
variants: or less commonly

futhorc

play or

futhork

\ˈfü-ˌthȯrk\

Definition of futhark

  1. :  the runic alphabet — see rune illustration

futhark was our Word of the Day on 09/17/2012. Hear the podcast!

Did You Know?

The word futhark describes an alphabet originally of 24 and later of some 16 angular characters. It is suspected to be derived from both Latin and Greek and was used for inscriptions and magic signs by the Germanic peoples, and especially by the Scandinavians and Anglo-Saxons, from about the third to the 13th centuries. The spelling "futhark" is from the first six symbols of the runic alphabet: f, u, th, a, r, k. The alphabet did, however, encounter revision of letters over time resulting in the variants "futhorc" and "futhork."

Origin and Etymology of futhark

from the first six letters, f, u, þ (th), o (or a), r, c (=k)


First Known Use: 1851


Learn More about futhark


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a dividing ridge between drainage areas

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!