[ rey-vuhn ]
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  1. any of several large, corvine birds having lustrous, black plumage and a loud, harsh call, especially the common raven ,Corvus corax, of both the New World and the Old World.

  2. Raven, the divine culture hero and trickster of the North Pacific Coast Indians.

  1. Raven, Astronomy. the constellation Corvus.

  1. lustrous black: raven locks of hair.

Origin of raven

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English hrǣfn, hrefn; cognate with German Rabe, Old Norse hrafn

Other words from raven

  • ra·ven·like, adjective

Words Nearby raven

Other definitions for raven (2 of 2)

[ rav-uhn ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to seek plunder or prey.

  2. to eat or feed voraciously or greedily: to raven like an animal.

  1. to have a ravenous appetite.

verb (used with object)
  1. to seize as spoil or prey.

  2. to devour voraciously.

  1. rapine; robbery.

  2. plunder or prey.

Origin of raven

First recorded in 1485–95; earlier ravine, from Middle French raviner, ultimately from Latin rapīna “plunder, rapine”; see rapine
  • Also rav·in [rav-in] /ˈræv ɪn/ .

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British Dictionary definitions for raven (1 of 3)


/ (ˈreɪvən) /

  1. a large passerine bird, Corvus corax, having a large straight bill, long wedge-shaped tail, and black plumage: family Corvidae (crows). It has a hoarse croaking cry

    • a shiny black colour

    • (as adjective): raven hair

Origin of raven

Old English hrǣfn; related to Old High German hraban, Old Norse hrafn

British Dictionary definitions for raven (2 of 3)


/ (ˈrævən) /

  1. to seize or seek (plunder, prey, etc)

  2. to eat (something) voraciously or greedily; be ravenous in eating

Origin of raven

C15: from Old French raviner to attack impetuously; see ravenous

Derived forms of raven

  • ravener, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Raven (3 of 3)


/ (ˈreɪvən) /

  1. a traditional trickster hero among the native peoples of the Canadian Pacific Northwest

Origin of Raven

from raven 1

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