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Jotun

[yaw-too n] /ˈyɔ tʊn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
any of a race of giants frequently in conflict with the gods.
Also, Jotunn, Jötunn
[yœ-too n] /ˈyœ tʊn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of Jotun
1835-1845
1835-45; < Old Norse jǫtunn giant; cognate with Old English ēoten; akin to eat
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  • Stamping with rage, the Jotun hammered his huge fist upon a tree-trunk until bark flew in every direction.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • The Jotun's voice rumbled hideously as he talked into his goblet.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • But the Jotun shook him off to stride forward, clanking his heels with intentional noisiness upon the stone floor.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • "No such purpose had I," the Jotun said with a touch of surliness.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • Thorkel left off laughing to grasp the Jotun's arm and try to drag him backwards.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • The next instant, she even drew a little clink from one of the Jotun's silver buttons.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • She stood before the Jotun as straight and unbending as a spear-shaft, and her eyes were reflections of his own.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • "To lose the honor of playing with the King," the Jotun broke in, making a long step forward.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • Great would have been the Jotun race, had they all lived; and not a man left in Midgard.

  • The words were not a question but a breathless assertion as she remembered the Jotun's last threat.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
British Dictionary definitions for Jotun

Jotun

/ˈjɔːtʊn/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) any of a race of giants
Word Origin
from Old Norse jötunn giant; related to eat
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Word Origin and History for Jotun

jotun

n.

1842, a word revived from Old Norse jotunn (see ettin).

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