elven

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English elven, from Old English elfen, ælfen (nymph, spirit, fairy), feminine of elf, ælf (elf), equivalent to elf +‎ -en. Cognate with Middle High German elbinne (a fairy, nymph).

Noun[edit]

elven (plural elvens or elvene)

  1. (obsolete) A female elf, a fairy, nymph
    • 2011, Everron, drawing caption
      work on nude elven

Adjective[edit]

elven (comparative more elven, superlative most elven)

  1. belonging to, or relating to, elves.

References[edit]

  • MED, elf, elve(n)
  • Wikipedia, elf



Hungarian[edit]

Noun[edit]

elven

  1. superessive singular of elv



Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English elven, from Old English elfen, ælfen (nymph, spirit, fairy), feminine of elf, ælf (elf), equivalent to elf +‎ -en. Cognate with Middle High German elbinne (a fairy, nymph).

Noun[edit]

elven (elvens, elvene)

  1. A female elf, a fairy, nymph
    • 1300, South English Legendary
      Ofte in fourme of wommane In many derne weye grete compaygnie men i-seoth of heom boþe hoppie and pleiᵹe, þat Eluene beoth i-cleopede
      (Oft in the form of women, in very stealthy ways, great numbers of men see fallen angels both happy and playful, that Elvene are embraced,)
    • 1300, The Metrical Chronicle of Robert of Gloucester
      & ofte in wimmen fourme hii comeþ to men al so, Þat men clupeþ eluene.
      (& oft in women form come hither to men, so that men lay with the elvene.)



Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

elven m, f

  1. definite masculine singular of elv

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

elven m

  1. definite singular of elv

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

elven m

  1. definite singular of elv (Etymology 2)