noun Scandinavian Mythology.
the ruler of the Aesir and god of war, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom; Wotan: the chief god.
Also, Othin.

< Old Norse Ōthinn; cognate with Old English Wōden, Old Saxon Woden, Old High German Wuotan; see Woden

Odinian, Odinic, Odinitic, adjective
Odinism, noun
Odinist, noun
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Odin or Othin (ˈəʊdɪn, ˈəʊðɪn)
Norse myth Wotan, Germanic counterpart: Woden the supreme creator god; the divinity of wisdom, culture, war, and the dead
Othin or Othin

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Word Origin & History

chief Teutonic god, the All-Father, a 19c. revival in ref. to Scandinavian neo-paganism, from Dan., from O.N. Oðinn, from P.Gmc. *Wod-enaz- (source of O.E. Woden, O.H.G. Wuotan), probably from *wod-eno-/*wod-ono- "raging, mad, inspired," from base *wet- "to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse" (see
wood (adj.)).
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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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