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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English elnen, from Old English elnian ‎(to emulate, endeavor to be equal, be zealous, strive with zeal after another, make strong, strengthen, comfort oneself, gain strength), from Proto-Germanic *aljanōną ‎(to strengthen, encourage), from Proto-Indo-European *al- ‎(to burn). Cognate with Old High German ellinōn ‎(to emulate, strive), Icelandic elna ‎(to grow stronger), Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽𐍉𐌽 ‎(aljanōn, to emulate). See ellen.


elne ‎(third-person singular simple present elnes, present participle elning, simple past and past participle elned)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To strengthen; hearten; comfort; encourage.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English elne, ellen, from Old English ellen ‎(zeal, strength, power, vigor, valor, courage, fortitude, strife, contention). More at ellen.


elne ‎(uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of ellen