Pronunciation Noun

rune (plural runes)

  1. A letter, or character, belonging to the written language of various ancient Germanic peoples, especially the Scandinavians and the Anglo-Saxons.
  2. A Finnish or Scandinavian epic poem, or a division of one, especially a division of the Kalevala.
  3. A letter or mark used as mystical or magic symbol.
  4. A verse or song, especially one with mystical or mysterious overtones; a spell or an incantation.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, page 15:
      the fiddle sang and sang as ceaselessly as the chanting cicada without, and the frogs intoning their sylvan runes by the waterside.
  5. (obsolete) A roun secret or mystery.
  6. (programming) In the Go programming language, a Unicode code point.

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