Origin of raven1
Definition for raven (2 of 3)
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of raven2
Definition for raven (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for raven
And she has introduced them to the raven himself, who now appears to be a bearded old man.
And the person who created the most crisis for Charles in First Class, and the person he cared the most about, was Raven.
There is both a raven and a dove in the movie, and in that order—perfectly biblical.
“Raven is 27-years-old, which means her parents are probably in their early fifties,” says the actress.It’s Not Easy for Black Celebrities Like Raven-Symoné to Come Out|Allison Samuels|August 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The local press has nicknamed the VatiLeaks source "corvo," or "raven."
For answer Raven pointed up the long sloping trail down which they had come.Corporal Cameron|Ralph Connor
"Raven tresses" require more time than "flaxen locks;" the sensitiveness of the skin has also to be considered.The Art of Perfumery|G. W. Septimus Piesse
There was the hut and its welcoming smoke and there Raven must be looking for her.Old Crow|Alice Brown
The Raven of the woods, who was now married, accompanied her for the first three miles.Andersen's Fairy Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
The allegory of the raven, invented by the doctors, is well known.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II|Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for raven (1 of 3)
- a shiny black colour
- (as adjective)raven hair
Word Origin for raven
British Dictionary definitions for raven (2 of 3)
Word Origin for raven
British Dictionary definitions for raven (3 of 3)
Word Origin for Raven
Word Origin and History for raven
Old English hræfn (Mercian), hrefn; hræfn (Northumbrian, West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *khrabanas (cf. Old Norse hrafn, Danish ravn, Dutch raaf, Old High German hraban, German Rabe "raven," Old English hroc "rook"), from PIE root *ker-, imitative of harsh sounds (cf. Latin crepare "to creak, clatter," cornix "crow," corvus "raven;" Greek korax "raven," korone "crow;" Old Church Slavonic kruku "raven;" Lithuanian krauklys "crow").
Raven mythology shows considerable homogeneity throughout the whole area [northern regions of the northern hemisphere] in spite of differences in detail. The Raven peeps forth from the mists of time and the thickets of mythology, as a bird of slaughter, a storm bird, a sun and fire bird, a messenger, an oracular figure and a craftsman or culture hero. [Edward A. Armstrong, "The Folklore of Birds," 1958]
Old English also used hræmn, hremm. The raven standard was the flag of the Danish Vikings. The Quran connects the raven with Cain's murder of Abel; but in Christianity the bird plays a positive role in the stories of St. Benedict, St. Paul the Hermit, St. Vincent, etc. It was anciently believed to live to great old age, but the ancients also believed it wanting in parental care. The vikings, like Noah, were said to have used the raven to discover land. "When uncertain of their course they let one loose, and steered the vessel in his track, deeming that the land lay in the direction of his flight; if he returned to the ship, it was supposed to be at a distance" [Charles Swainson, "The Folk Lore and Provincial Names of British Birds," London, 1886].