or Wo·dan



the chief god of the pagan Anglo-Saxons, identified with the Scandinavian Odin.

Origin of Woden

before 900; Middle English, Old English Wōden (cognate with German Wotan, Old Norse Ōthinn), equivalent to wōd wood2 + -en noun suffix marking headship; Woden was the leader of the Wild Hunt
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Historical Examples of woden

  • She gave him what help she could, and Woden and Frigga felt that now nothing could hurt their child.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Festival fires to Thor and Woden had followed on the same ground and duly had their day.

  • Those poor captives at the stone-houses were slaughtered in honour of Woden and Thor, don't you remember?

    Pine Needles

    Susan Bogert Warner

  • Odin, or Woden, was the great legislator and hero of the Goths.

  • Elsewhere this name occurs only in the genealogies, where it is borne by an ancestor of Woden.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for woden




the foremost Anglo-Saxon godNorse counterpart: Odin

Word Origin for Woden

Old English Wōden; related to Old Norse Ōthinn, Old High German Wuotan, German Wotan; see Wednesday
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Word Origin and History for woden


Anglo-Saxon god, Old English, see Odin.

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