oak·​en ˈō-kən How to pronounce oaken (audio)
: made from the wood of an oak tree
The end of the corridor was barred by two massive oaken doors.Mario Puzo
an oaken cask/bucket

Examples of oaken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get a couple of Boccini cookies from Grandaisy Bakery at 250 West Broadway, take a few minutes in adjacent TriBeCa Park to admire the red brick majesty of the AT&T Building and the tide of oaken water towers receding north through SoHo, and use the following as a springboard to explore. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 The 17,000-square-foot hall is known for its oaken roof, an engineering marvel commissioned by Richard II in 1393. Júlia Ledur, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Charlton Heston may have made a preposterously Gentile Jew, but his oaken style of acting grew on me over the years. Kyle Smith, National Review, 3 Apr. 2021

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Word History


Middle English oken, okin, from oke oak + -en, -in -en entry 1, replacing Old English ǣcen, from a mutated form of Old English āc "oak" joined with the same suffix

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oaken was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Oaken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oaken. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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