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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. the ruler of the Aesir and god of war, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom; Wotan: the chief god.
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Also Othin.

Origin of Odin

< Old Norse Ōthinn; cognate with Old English Wōden, Old Saxon Woden, Old High German Wuotan; see Woden
Related formsO·din·i·an, O·din·ic, O·din·it·ic, adjectiveO·din·ism, nounO·din·ist, noun
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  • Their principal god was Wodan, or Odin, god of the sun and the tempest.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • Under it is the fountain Mimir, spring of wisdom, from which Odin drinks daily.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Odin is in the Eddas the founder of the world as now constituted.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Baldur, the son of Odin and Frigga, is the best and brightest of the gods.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • To this they set fire, just as Odin flew over the battlements.

    Told by the Northmen:

    E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton

British Dictionary definitions for odin


Othin (ˈəʊðɪn)

  1. Norse myth the supreme creator god; the divinity of wisdom, culture, war, and the deadGermanic counterpart: Wotan, Woden
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Word Origin and History for odin


chief Teutonic god, the All-Father, a 19c. revival in reference to Scandinavian neo-paganism, from Danish, from Old Norse Oðinn, from Proto-Germanic *Wod-enaz- (source of Old English Woden, Old High German Wuotan), probably from *wod-eno-/*wod-ono- "raging, mad, inspired," from root *wet- "to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse" (see wood (adj.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

odin in Culture



In Norse mythology, the solemn ruler of the gods. He was god of wisdom, poetry, farming, and war.

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Wednesday is named after Odin, using a form of his name that begins with W.
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