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[oh-kuh n]
  1. made of oak: the old oaken bucket.
  2. of or relating to the oak tree.
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Origin of oaken

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at oak, -en2
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Examples from the Web for oaken

Historical Examples of oaken

  • As he went, he felt as if the oaken floor were elastic beneath his tread.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • That was what I thought as I grasped the oaken bar of the stile.

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • On the straight-back'd oaken settle, congregate the older children.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems

    Lydia Howard Sigourney

  • Go,” replied the oaken image, “go, summon all the heroes of Greece.

  • I wanted a knocker for an oaken door; and I wanted it just so.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

British Dictionary definitions for oaken


  1. made of the wood of the oak
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Word Origin and History for oaken


"made of, or consisting of, oak," late 12c., from oak + -en (2).

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