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Definition of "rune" [rune]

  • Any of the characters in several alphabets used by ancient Germanic peoples from the 3rd to the 13th century. (noun)
  • A similar character in another alphabet, sometimes believed to have magic powers. (noun)
  • A poem or incantation of mysterious significance, especially a magic charm. (noun)
  • A Finnish poem or section of a poem. (noun)

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 "rune" in a sentence
  • "If the rune were a word, it would have been that one, but there was more meaning to it than any word she could imagine."
  • "'Now I must recall the rune which came so easily, unsummoned, to my brain not many months since.'"
  • "The word "rune," in Baltic Runes, indicates a magical incantation -- an apt image for such an enchanting album."