from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A huge sea monster in Norwegian legend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabulous Scandinavian sea monster, often represented as resembling an island, but sometimes as resembling an immense octopus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mythical sea-monster said to appear at times off the coast of Norway.
Norwegian dialectal : krake, kraken + Norwegian -n, suffixed definite article.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)