raven

1
[ rey-vuh n ]
/ ˈreɪ vən /

noun

any of several large, corvine birds having lustrous, black plumage and a loud, harsh call, especially Corvus corax, of the New and Old Worlds.
the divine culture hero and trickster of the North Pacific Coast Indians.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Corvus.

adjective

lustrous black: raven locks of hair.

Nearby words

  1. ravel, maurice,
  2. ravelin,
  3. raveling,
  4. ravelly,
  5. ravelment,
  6. raven, the,
  7. ravening,
  8. raveningly,
  9. ravenna,
  10. ravenous

Origin of raven

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English hrǣfn; cognate with German Rabe, Old Norse hrafn

Related formsra·ven·like, adjective

raven

2
[ rav-uh n ]
/ ˈræv ən /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to seize as spoil or prey.
to devour voraciously.

noun

rapine; robbery.
plunder or prey.
Also ravin.

Origin of raven

2
1485–95; earlier ravine < Middle French raviner, ultimately < Latin rapīna rapine

Raven, The

noun

a lyric poem (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for raven


British Dictionary definitions for raven

raven

1
/ (ˈreɪvən) /

noun

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
  1. a shiny black colour
  2. (as adjective)raven hair

Word Origin for raven

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

verb

to seize or seek (plunder, prey, etc)
to eat (something) voraciously or greedily; be ravenous in eating
Derived Formsravener, noun

Word Origin for raven

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

Raven

/ (ˈreɪvən) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Raven

from raven 1

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 raven

raven

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper