[kahr-vuh n]

adjective Archaic.

Origin of carven

See carve, -en3; replacing Middle English corven, Old English corfen (past participle) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carven

Historical Examples of carven

  • He stole about, and the carven shell He hid in his bosom away.

  • A henchman attended, carried the carven cup in hand, served the clear mead.



  • The eyelids with their long lashes looked as if they were carven.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • And she pointed with her fan to a carven chair that was placed near her feet.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • A fish lying on shore was turned by the moon into ivory with carven scales.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for carven



an archaic or literary past participle of carve
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