- any of a race of giants frequently in conflict with the gods.
Also Jo·tunn, Jö·tunn [yœ-too n] /ˈyœ tʊn/.
Origin of Jotun
1835–45; < Old Norse jǫtunn giant; cognate with Old English ēoten; akin to eat
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Examples from the Web for jotun
"No such purpose had I," the Jotun said with a touch of surliness.
The Jotun's voice rumbled hideously as he talked into his goblet.
They might have served for a table, or maybe a stool, for a Jotun.King Alfred's Viking
Charles W. Whistler
The next instant, she even drew a little clink from one of the Jotun's silver buttons.
Her father—Fridtjof—the Jotun—the battle—Her ears were dinned with terrible noises; her eyes were seared by terrible pictures.
- Norse myth any of a race of giants
from Old Norse jötunn giant; related to eat
Word Origin and History for jotun
1842, a word revived from Old Norse jotunn (see ettin).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper