Origin of rune1
Definition for rune (2 of 2)
Origin of rune2
Examples from the Web for rune
Is the boy of so much importance that I must carve his rune on a separate stick?The Vinland Champions|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
To effecte which, they resolved to rune a high course, and of great adventure, not knowing otherwise how to bring it aboute.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'|William Bradford
Then they toke their speares with sharpe heades wel fyled, and spurred their horses and rune togeyder.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages|Edward Lewes Cutts
The fourth rune was the Rune of the Green Trees and of all things that grow.The Washer of the Ford|Fiona Macleod
Hie thee home, and bid thy maidens ply all night at the work; make it potent with rune and with spell, and with gums of the seid.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for rune
Word Origin for rune
Word Origin and History for rune
Old English run, rune "secret, mystery, dark mysterious statement, (secret) council," also "a runic letter" (runstæf), from Proto-Germanic *runo (cf. Old Norse run "a secret, magic sign, runic character," Old High German runa "a secret conversation, whisper," Gothic runa), from PIE *ru-no-, source of technical terms of magic in Germanic and Celtic (cf. Gaelic run "a secret, mystery, craft, deceit, purpose, intention, desire," Welsh rhin "a secret, charm, virtue." Cf. also Runnymede.
The word entered Middle English as roun and by normal evolution would have become Modern English *rown, but it died out mid-15c. when the use of runes did. The modern usage is from late 17c., from German philologists who had reintroduced the word in their writings from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rune, from Old Norse run). The runic alphabet is believed to have developed by 2c. C.E. from contact with Greek writing, with the letters modified to be more easily cut into wood or stone.