rune

noun
\ ˈrün How to pronounce rune (audio) \

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

Illustration of rune

Illustration of rune

rune 1: Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet

Other Words from rune

runic \ ˈrü-​nik How to pronounce rune (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of rune in a Sentence

wrote many mournful runes after her lover's untimely death
Recent Examples on the Web It’s soon revealed that the Rune of Death was stolen by Ranni herself, taken from Marika’s bodyguard and keeper of the rune, Maliketh the Black Blade. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 The sixty-four-character private key for your bitcoin looks like any other computer rune and is nearly impossible to memorize. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 The result is striking: two fantastic images of his new, rune-like symbol for the brand, which was transformed into two rafts and then shot from above. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 The stage at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, a diamond shape with bent extensions branching off to the sides, was said on Twitter to resemble an Odal rune, a symbol used on some Nazi uniforms. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Feb. 2021 Dissatisfied with that response, some activists alleged that the stage design where speakers addressed the crowd mirrored the Odal rune, a symbol used by the Nazi regime. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, 4 Mar. 2021 Early on in the four-day event, outrage erupted over the CPAC stage design, which drew comparisons to a Norse rune used by Nazis during World War II. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The shape of the platform drew condemnation on social media for its resemblance to the Odal rune, a symbol adopted by Nazis during Adolf Hitler's rule in Germany. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 3 Mar. 2021 The stage at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, a diamond shape with bent extensions branching off to the sides, resembles an Odal rune, a symbol used on some Nazi uniforms. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rune

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rune. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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