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adjective Archaic.
  1. eternal.
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Origin of eterne

1325–75; Middle English < Latin aeternus, contraction of aeviternus, equivalent to aev(um) age + -i- -i- + -ternus, extended form of -ernus suffix of temporal adjectives
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Historical Examples

  • She engendered them in her own fruitful breast, and her "copy is eterne."

    Life: Its True Genesis

    R. W. Wright

  • The form 'eterne' occurs in Shakespeare only in Macbeth, iii.

British Dictionary definitions for eterne


  1. an archaic or poetic word for eternal
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin aeternus
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