elven

adj.

Old English -ælfen (n.) "an elf or fairy" (see elf). Not a pure adjective in Middle English (see elvish was used), but used in phrases such as elven land (c.1300). Apparently revived as an adjective by Tolkien.


Nearby words

  1. eluviation,
  2. eluvium,
  3. elva,
  4. elvas,
  5. elve,
  6. elver,
  7. elves,
  8. elvin,
  9. elvira,
  10. elvis

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for elven

  • Thus the forest of Paimpont extended over more than twenty parishes; some say it even crossed the river, and went as far as Elven.

    Breton Legends|Anonymous
  • We rode through the forest together to one of the most magnificent monuments in Brittany, the Castle of Elven.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV.|Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • But this affair at the Castle of Elven is something I had not reckoned on.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV.|Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • Your Sylvia is not my Sylvia; the world is wide and Elven is not unknown.

    The King in Yellow|Robert W. Chambers