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[oh-din] /ˈoʊ dɪn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
the ruler of the Aesir and god of war, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom; Wotan: the chief god.
Also, Othin.
Origin of Odin
< Old Norse Ōthinn; cognate with Old English Wōden, Old Saxon Woden, Old High German Wuotan; see Woden
Related forms
Odinian, Odinic, Odinitic, adjective
Odinism, noun
Odinist, noun Unabridged
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  • Their principal god was Wodan, or Odin, god of the sun and the tempest.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • Under it is the fountain Mimir, spring of wisdom, from which Odin drinks daily.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • Odin is in the Eddas the founder of the world as now constituted.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • Baldur, the son of Odin and Frigga, is the best and brightest of the gods.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • To this they set fire, just as Odin flew over the battlements.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • Baldur was the Galahad of the court of Odin the king, his father.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • And Odin was forced to mount his steed and to return to his own land of warmth and pleasure.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • This lies on a direct line between the Odin and Kulkulkan systems.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • I am ready to go; they are calling me home, the maidens whom Odin has sent to call me.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
British Dictionary definitions for Odin


(Norse myth) the supreme creator god; the divinity of wisdom, culture, war, and the dead Germanic counterpart Wotan, Woden
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Word Origin and History for Odin

chief Teutonic god, the All-Father, a 19c. revival in reference to Scandinavian neo-paganism, from Danish, from Old Norse Oðinn, from Proto-Germanic *Wod-enaz- (source of Old English Woden, Old High German Wuotan), probably from *wod-eno-/*wod-ono- "raging, mad, inspired," from root *wet- "to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse" (see wood (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Odin in Culture
Odin [(oh-din)]

In Norse mythology, the solemn ruler of the gods. He was god of wisdom, poetry, farming, and war.

Note: Wednesday is named after Odin, using a form of his name that begins with W.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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