any of the characters of certain ancient alphabets, as of a script used for writing the Germanic languages, especially of Scandinavia and Britain, from c200 to c1200, or a script used for inscriptions in a Turkic language of the 6th to 8th centuries from the area near the Orkhon River in Mongolia.
something written or inscribed in such characters.
an aphorism, poem, or saying with mystical meaning or for use in casting a spell.
- runelike, adjective
Other definitions for rune (2 of 2)
a poem, song, or verse.
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How to use rune in a sentence
In a post-credits scene, Wanda is consulting the Book of the Damned, which looks an awful lot like the books in Doctor Strange’s library, and the runes she uses are reminiscent of ones that pop up in Doctor Strange.
These are closer in spirit and power to the largest paintings, which the artist’s statements likens to runes and petroglyphs.In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints | Mark Jenkins | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The magical powers of runes were invoked, and the Ahnenerbe logo features rune-style lettering.Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece | Noah Charney | December 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
O I will for thee the rune-characters trace, And thou them shalt cast in convenient place.
A rune is a sort of alphabet of sixteen characters and all are formed in straight lines.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong | Lillian Garis
Then, stooping, she said slowly the few lines of the old, old rune.The Best Psychic Stories | Various
What is the rune that is said for the throwing into the sea of the sins of the dead?The Best Psychic Stories | Various
So this dear, deluded old gentleman, having failed to secure a 'rune' in Java brought back something equally cryptic—a woman?Cleek, the Master Detective | Thomas W. Hanshew
British Dictionary definitions for rune
any of the characters of an ancient Germanic alphabet, derived from the Roman alphabet, in use, esp in Scandinavia, from the 3rd century ad to the end of the Middle Ages. Each character was believed to have a magical significance
any obscure piece of writing using mysterious symbols
a kind of Finnish poem or a stanza in such a poem
- runic, adjective
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