rune

noun \ ˈrün \

Definition of rune

1 :any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries
3
[Finnish runo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse rūn]
a :a Finnish or Old Norse poem
b :poem, song

runic

play \ˈrü-nik\ adjective

Examples of rune in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of rune

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

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RUNE Defined for English Language Learners

rune

noun

Definition of rune for English Language Learners

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



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