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Beowulf

[bey-uh-woo lf]
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noun
  1. (italics) an English alliterative epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century a.d.
  2. the hero of this poem.
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  • Beowulf is the forerunner of that other national dragon-slayer, St. George.

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  • Beowulf's "jubilee" is fitly solemnized by his third and last dragon-fight.

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  • To his bower was Beowulf brought in haste, dauntless victor.

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  • Then girt him Beowulf in martial mail, nor mourned for his life.

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  • Thy keen mind pleases me the longer the better, Beowulf loved!

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British Dictionary definitions for beowulf

Beowulf

noun
  1. an anonymous Old English epic poem in alliterative verse, believed to have been composed in the 8th century a.d
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Word Origin and History for beowulf

Beowulf

Old English beo wulf, literally "bee-wolf," "a wolf to bees;" a kenning for "bear." See bee (n.) + wolf (n.).

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beowulf in Culture

Beowulf

[(bay-uh-woolf)]

An epic in Old English, estimated as dating from as early as the eighth century; the earliest long work of literature in English. The critical events are the slaying of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother by the hero Beowulf and Beowulf's battle with a dragon, in which he is mortally wounded.

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