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Norn1

[nawrn] /nɔrn/
noun
1.
an extinct Norse dialect, spoken until early modern times in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and in parts of northern Scotland.
Origin of Norn1
< Old Norse norrœnn, earlier northrœnn Norwegian, literally, northern

Norn2

[nawrn] /nɔrn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
1.
any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd) the goddess of the present (Verdandi) and the goddess of the future (Skuld)
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  • We caught our first view of Bruce Haydon here—remember, Norn?

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  • I don't think it would be such a bad sort of thing, do you, Norn?

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  • There isn't anything that tells the truth so straight as our sort of work, Norn.

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  • Come on, Norn, we're about dead, standing on these flinty-hearted steps.

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  • We've got a surprise for you, Norn, but we won't tell till we've had lunch; will we, Ju?

    Miss Pat at School

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  • Did it ever occur to you that our little Judy might make a fair actress, Norn?

    Miss Pat at School

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  • "I've had a mighty lucky day, Norn," she said with real thankfulness.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • But there are indeed many other Norns, for when a man is born there is a Norn to determine his fate.

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  • At length her voice wavered, the strange, weird song ceased, and she tossed the thread to the second Norn.

  • As the second Norn took the thread in her worn hands, she crooned a sorrowful song about the present.

British Dictionary definitions for Norn

Norn1

/nɔːn/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
Word Origin
C18: Old Norse

Norn2

/nɔːn/
noun
1.
the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse norŕœna Norwegian, from northr north
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Word Origin and History for Norn
n.

1770, from Old Norse norn (plural nornir), one of the female fates of Scandinavian mythology, related to Swedish dialectal norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ultimately imitative of low murmuring (cf. Middle High German narren "to growl, snarl").

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