[krah-kuh n]

noun (often initial capital letter)

a legendary sea monster causing large whirlpools off the coast of Norway.

Origin of kraken

From Norwegian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for kraken

hydra, kraken, leviathan, oarfish

Examples from the Web for kraken

Contemporary Examples of kraken

Historical Examples of kraken

British Dictionary definitions for kraken



a legendary sea monster of gigantic size believed to dwell off the coast of Norway

Word Origin for kraken

C18: from Norwegian, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kraken

monster of the North Sea, 1755, from Norwegian dialectal krake.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper