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From Middle English adowne, from Old English adūn, earlier ofdūne (down), from of dūne (off the hill) (compare Latin ad vallum > Old French à val, used in the same way).



adown (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Down, downward; to or in a lower place.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book I, canto VII, stanza 24:
      Thrice did she sink adown.
    • 1859, Ferna Vale, Natalie; or, A Gem Among the Sea-Weeds
      Many a family circle wept as they looked upon the familiar places, which would know their lost ones no more; but ah, chide me not, kind reader, in thus leading you adown to the coldness of death, in setting before you that which causes your tender heart to shudder.



  1. (archaic) Down.
    • 1875, Charlotte Riddell, The Uninhabited House
      I fell from one dream into another; found myself wandering through impossible places; [] peering out into the darkness, to catch a sight of a vague figure standing somewhere in the shadow, and looking, with the sun streaming into my eyes and blinding me, adown long white roads filled with a multitude of people []