rune O.E. run, rune "secret, mystery, dark mysterious statement," also "a runic letter," from P.Gmc. *runo (Cf. O.N. run "a secret, magic sign, runic character," O.H.G. runa "a secret conversation, whisper," Goth. runa), from PIE *ru-no-, source of technical terms of magic in Germanic and Celtic. The word entered Middle English as roun and by normal evolution would have become Modern English *rown, but it died out mid-15c. when the use of runes did. The modern usage is from 1680s, introduced by German philologists from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Dan. rune, from O.N. run). The runic alphabet is believed to have developed by 2c. C.E. from contact with Greek writing, the alphabet modified to be more easily cut into wood or stone. Cf. also RUNNYMEDE (Cf. Runnymede).

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  • Rune — (r[udd]n), n. [AS. r[=u]n a rune, a secret, a mystery; akin to Icel. r[=u]n, OHG. & Goth. r[=u]na a secret, secret colloquy, G. & Dan. rune rune, and probably to Gr. ereyna^n to search for. Cf. {Roun} to whisper.] 1. A letter, or character,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Rune — Sf erw. fach. (17. Jh., runisch runa 6. Jh.) Entlehnung. Als Bezeichnung der alten germanischen Schriftzeichen wiederbelebt aus anord. rún, ae. rūn Rune . Dieses wird üblicherweise verknüpft mit einem Wort für Geheimnis, Geraune (raunen). Sicher… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • rune — rȗne ž mn DEFINICIJA znakovno pismo (nastalo poč. nove ere) isprva starih Germana, potom osobito Skandinavaca, sačuvano u natpisima na kamenim pločama i predmetima od drugog materijala ETIMOLOGIJA njem. Rune ← germ. runa: tajna ≃ skand. raunen …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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  • Rune — Rune: Mhd. rūne, ahd. rūna »Geheimnis; geheime Beratung; Geflüster«, got. rūna »Geheimnis; ‹geheimer› Ratschluss«, aengl. rūn »Geheimnis; Beratung; Runenzeichen«, aisl. rūn »Geheimnis; Zauberzeichen; Runenzeichen« beruhen auf germ. *rūnō… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • rune — [ro͞on] n. [ME roun < OE run, secret, mystery, runic character; readopted in the 17th c. in form of ON rūn: both < IE echoic base * reu , hoarse sound, roar, grumble > Welsh rhin, secret, L raucus, hoarse; in RUNE sense 3a < Finn runo …   English World dictionary

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