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Jotun

[yaw-too n]
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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. any of a race of giants frequently in conflict with the gods.
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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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Historical Examples

  • "No such purpose had I," the Jotun said with a touch of surliness.

    The Ward of King Canute

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • The Jotun's voice rumbled hideously as he talked into his goblet.

    The Ward of King Canute

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • 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.

    The Ward of King Canute

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • Her father—Fridtjof—the Jotun—the battle—Her ears were dinned with terrible noises; her eyes were seared by terrible pictures.

    The Ward of King Canute

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz


British Dictionary definitions for jotun

Jotun

Jotunn

noun
  1. Norse myth any of a race of giants
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Word Origin

from Old Norse jötunn giant; related to eat
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Word Origin and History for jotun

n.

1842, a word revived from Old Norse jotunn (see ettin).

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