Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Made of oak; consisting of oak-trees, or of branches, leaves, or wood, etc., of the oak: as, an oaken plank or bench.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made or consisting of oaks or of the wood of oaks.

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  • adjective Made from the wood of the oak tree

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

  • adjective consisting of or made of wood of the oak tree

Etymologies

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From Middle English oken, from Old English ācen ("of oak"), equivalent to oak +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch eiken ("oaken"), German eichen ("oaken"), Icelandic eikinn ("oaken").

Examples

  • The example he gave was "oaken", which is not quite the same as "made of oak".

    microscopic is tinier than miniscule

  • Beyond an oaken dressing-table, with an orderly litter of combs and brushes and dainty feminine knickknacks, there was no sign of its being used as a bedroom.

    Chapter XVIII

  • Aidan woke, blinking up into the gray of predawn, confusion at his whereabouts making him question the heavy oaken beams above his head, the draft from a rattling set of windows, and the dampness in the smelly blankets covering him.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Kaufmann's voice was at both its most limber and controlled here, his delivery achieving subtle colorations in the work's atmospheric hothouses, as with his nearly vibrato-less "Ich hab' im Traum geweinet" (I wept in my dream), his plangent "Aus alten Märchen winkt es" (From old fairy tales beckons...), and the oaken darkness of his "Die alten, bösen Lieder" (the old, angry songs), summing up the poet's journey.

    Rodney Punt: Jonas Kaufmann Triumphs in Lieder Recital for LA Opera

  • Aidan turned, a new oaken strength to his features.

    Earl of Durkness

  • He ran into the back room and yanked the false bottom out of the old oaken desk, pulled out the cloth-wrapped parcel, and set it on the desk.

    Masdy's Silver

  • Jeremy Herrin's production, filled with resonant hymns, captures precisely the oaken rituals of public-school life while conveying the agonised unhappiness of the boy-hero.

    South Downs/The Browning Version – review

  • His voice may not be as oaken as Richard Burton's was, or as burnished as John Gielgud's, but it's a beautifully modulated instrument with its own somber music.

    Soderbergh Goes 'Haywire' With a Fast, Stylish Thriller

  • Warm light from kerosene lamps gives the impression of comfort, but despite woolen Oriental carpets insulating the hardwood floor and the heavy oaken wall panels, the cabin is unpleasantly chilly.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Channeling Characters

  • A heavy oaken shield was on his right arm, a steel-pointed lance clasped in his left hand.

    Trial of Seven

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