elven

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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)

  1. (obsolete) A female elf, a fairy, nymph; (by extension) any elf.
    • 2007, Derric Euperio, The Adventures of Ryushin, Derric Euperio (→ISBN), page 122:
      “In order for the elvens to stay in hiding, they live under the great vines rather above them,” Aida answered. [...] An elven walked over to Rhyona and nodded to her, then entered the thick wood alone.
    • 2010, Kathryne Kennedy, The Fire Lord's Lover, Sourcebooks, Inc. (→ISBN), page 30:
      Although Cass vaguely remembered her trials, she knew her father had been disappointed when she hadn't possessed enough magic to be sent to the elvens' home world, the fabled Elfhame.

Etymology 2[edit]

Apparently derived from attributive use of Middle English elven (elf), like also English elfin, re-interpreted as an adjective with the adjectival suffix -en. See elfin for more.

Adjective[edit]

elven (comparative more elven, superlative most elven)

  1. Belonging or relating to elves; elfin.
    Synonyms: elfin, elfish, elvish, elvan
Translations[edit]
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  • MED, elf, elve(n)

Etymology 3[edit]

From a corruption of elmen.

Noun[edit]

elven (plural elvens)

  1. (dialectal) An elm.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛlvən

Noun[edit]

elven

  1. (archaic) Dative singular form of elf

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

elv +‎ -en

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈɛlvɛn]
  • Hyphenation: el‧ven

Noun[edit]

elven

  1. superessive singular of elv

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English elfen, ælfen (nymph, spirit, fairy), feminine of elf, ælf (elf); in turn from Proto-Germanic *albinjō, feminine of *albiz. Equivalent to elf +‎ -en; cognate with Middle High German elbinne (a fairy, nymph).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛlvən/, /ˈalvən/

Noun[edit]

elven (plural elvene)

  1. A (especially 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.)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: elven, elfe (obsolete)

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

elven m or 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)