rune

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noun \ˈrün\

Definition of rune

  1. 1 :  any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3d to the 13th centuries

  2. 2 :  mystery, magic

  3. 3 [Finn runo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse rūn] a :  a Finnish or Old Norse poemb :  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


First Known Use: 1676

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RUNE Defined for English Language Learners

rune

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noun \ˈrün\

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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