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[oh-din] /ˈoʊ dɪn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
the ruler of the Aesir and god of war, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom; Wotan: the chief god.
Also, Othin.
Origin of Odin
< Old Norse Ōthinn; cognate with Old English Wōden, Old Saxon Woden, Old High German Wuotan; see Woden
Related forms
Odinian, Odinic, Odinitic, adjective
Odinism, noun
Odinist, noun Unabridged
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  • Now Odin was heavy with the mead he had drunk, and his head was dizzy, so that he did not always fly along the straightest path.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • To this they set fire, just as Odin flew over the battlements.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • Then said Odin, laughing, "We will let you choose a husband from amongst us, but you must choose him by his feet."

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • And Odin was forced to mount his steed and to return to his own land of warmth and pleasure.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Now would he come, if he to come intended, Sigmund's son, from Odin's halls.

  • The play relies on the characters, without the mysteries of Odin and the Valkyria.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • I have called down my fate upon my own head when I dared to enter on a strife of knowledge with Odin.

  • A million crowns was about what the building would be worth, with contents, on Odin.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for Odin


(Norse myth) the supreme creator god; the divinity of wisdom, culture, war, and the dead Germanic counterpart Wotan, Woden
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Word Origin and History for Odin

chief Teutonic god, the All-Father, a 19c. revival in reference to Scandinavian neo-paganism, from Danish, from Old Norse Oðinn, from Proto-Germanic *Wod-enaz- (source of Old English Woden, Old High German Wuotan), probably from *wod-eno-/*wod-ono- "raging, mad, inspired," from root *wet- "to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse" (see wood (adj.)).

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Odin in Culture
Odin [(oh-din)]

In Norse mythology, the solemn ruler of the gods. He was god of wisdom, poetry, farming, and war.

Note: Wednesday is named after Odin, using a form of his name that begins with W.
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