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Definition of "carven" [car•ven]

  • Archaic A past tense and a past participle of carve. (verb)
  • That has been wrought or decorated by carving. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carven" in a sentence
  • "Radiant with beauty, the Cup of the Ptolemies was carven of onyx."
  • "Not until the stallion, sinking, emerged again by means of the powerful beat of his legs and hoofs, did Graham realize that it was a woman who rode him — ­a woman as white as the white silken slip of a bathing suit that molded to her form like a marble-carven veiling of drapery."
  • "I have been an Aryan master in old Egypt, when my soldiers scrawled obscenities on the carven tombs of kings dead and gone and forgotten aforetime."