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[oh-kuh n] /ˈoʊ kən/
made of oak:
the old oaken bucket.
of or relating to the oak tree.
Origin of oaken
1300-50; Middle English; see oak, -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for oaken
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  • A 22 large Book of Common Prayer stood open against an oaken rest on a table; a cushion of black velvet was beneath it.

    A Rose of a Hundred Leaves Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • I wanted a knocker for an oaken door; and I wanted it just so.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Margaret went softly up to this chair, and laid her hand upon the oaken framework.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • That was what I thought as I grasped the oaken bar of the stile.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The oaken plaudits of the trunkmaker would here be considered as going a little beyond the line.

  • On the straight-back'd oaken settle, congregate the older children.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • The regalia of Scotland deposited in an oaken chest, at the Edinburgh castle.

  • Here Marlowe paused and walked to the oaken desk before the window.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • Around it on every side is a balcony on oaken pillars, and on the balcony are benches.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • Leaning against the oaken post, he heard the rustling of paper.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
British Dictionary definitions for oaken


made of the wood of the oak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oaken

"made of, or consisting of, oak," late 12c., from oak + -en (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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