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Norn1

[nawrn]
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noun
  1. an extinct Norse dialect, spoken until early modern times in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and in parts of northern Scotland.
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Origin of Norn1

< Old Norse norrœnn, earlier northrœnn Norwegian, literally, northern

Norn2

[nawrn]
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd), the goddess of the present (Verdandi), and the goddess of the future (Skuld).
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Historical Examples

  • Come on, Norn, we're about dead, standing on these flinty-hearted steps.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • I don't think it would be such a bad sort of thing, do you, Norn?

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • We caught our first view of Bruce Haydon here—remember, Norn?

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • We've got a surprise for you, Norn, but we won't tell till we've had lunch; will we, Ju?

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • There isn't anything that tells the truth so straight as our sort of work, Norn.

    Miss Pat at School

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British Dictionary definitions for norn

Norn1

noun
  1. Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
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Word Origin

C18: Old Norse

Norn2

noun
  1. the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
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Word Origin

C17: from Old Norse norŕœna Norwegian, from northr north
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Word Origin and History for norn

Norn

n.

1770, from Old Norse norn (plural nornir), one of the female fates of Scandinavian mythology, related to Swedish dialectal norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ultimately imitative of low murmuring (cf. Middle High German narren "to growl, snarl").

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