Borrowed from Old Norse rún, which is from Proto-Germanic *rūnō (“letter, literature, secret”), which is borrowed either from Proto-Celtic *rūnā or from the same source as it; compare Dutch rune, German Rune, Danish rune and Swedish runa. Compare roun.
rune (plural runes)
- A letter, or character, used in the written language of various ancient Germanic peoples, especially the Scandinavians and the Anglo-Saxons.
- 1971, Richard Carpenter, Catweazle and the Magic Zodiac, Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, page 32:
- "Finding you somewhere to live isn't going to be easy," he said. "We must cast the runes," said Catweazle. "They will tell us."
- A Finnic or Scandinavian epic poem, or a division of one, especially a division of the Kalevala.
- A letter or mark used as a mystical or magic symbol.
- A verse or song, especially one with mystical or mysterious overtones; a spell or an incantation.
- 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska, published 2005, page 15:
- the fiddle sang and sang as ceaselessly as the chanting cicada without, and the frogs intoning their sylvan runes by the waterside.
- (obsolete) Alternative form of .
- (programming, in the Go programming language) A Unicode code point.
- bind rune
- moonrune, moon rune
- runecast, runecaster, runecasting
- rune poem
- rune-rister, rune-risting
- runestaff, runestave
- runography, runographer, runographic
- runology, runologist
- twig rune
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rune f (plural runes)
- → Turkish: rün
- “rune”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- plural of
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
- Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “rune (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN, page I
- “rune” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
Related to run (“witchcraft; rune”).
- Synonym of
- “rune” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- accusative singular of
- genitive singular of
- dative singular of
- nominative plural of
- accusative plural of
rune (Cyrillic spelling руне)