Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mythology An Anglo-Saxon god identified with Odin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Germanic chief god, distributor of talents and god of wisdom and war.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A deity corresponding to Odin, the supreme deity of the Scandinavians. Wednesday is named for him. See Odin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Anglo-Saxon form of the name of the deity called by the Norse Odin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chief god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Teutonic Wotan

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English Wōden; see wet-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English Wōden, from Proto-Germanic *Wōdanaz. Cf. the doublet Odin, borrowed from Old Norse, ultimately from the same source. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Illustration: WODEN] "In the spring they were told that Woden made the leaves come and the flowers open.

    Classic Myths

  • The first toast at every festival here was drunk in his honour, and, besides the first of May, one day in every week was held sacred to him, and, from his Saxon name, Woden, was called Woden's day, whence the English word "Wednesday" has been derived.

    Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas

  • But I feared, and two days before the wedding went to Harleston, where the king was, and urged him to have forces along the great wall we call Woden's Dyke even yet.

    Wulfric the Weapon Thane

  • He was of the planet which humans had dubbed Woden, well within the Imperial sphere.

    The Game Of Empire

  • And the passing of the Wild Hunt, known as Woden's Hunt, the Raging Host, Gabriel's

    Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas

  • And those people who believe that think that those who believe that there is a powerful force called Woden, for example, are idiots.

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • The Mighty Thor may finally have found his father, with the news that Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play the one-eyed Norse Allfather Odin (aka Woden, Wotan, or if you're a Neil Gaiman fan, Mr Wednesday) in Kenneth Branagh's mythic Marvel epic.

    Empire News

  • From the sound of the article, I think perhaps the town may have originally been called something with the god's name "Woden" in it - Wodentown - Woodstown...

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • And under different names, such as Woden (another form of Odin), Thor,

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • The most active god, the Dane's chief god (as Frey is the Swede's god, and patriarch), is "Woden".

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

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