Auðn

Old Norse Dictionary - auðn

Meaning of Old Norse word "auðn" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

auðn Old Norse word can mean:

auðn
f. [auðr, adj.]
auðn
1. a wilderness, desert; auðn Sinai, Stj. 300.
auðn
β. land which has no owner or is waste, uninhabited; bygðust þá margar auðnir víða, many wide wastes were then peopled, Eg. 15; alla auðn landsins, Fms. i. 5, viii. 33, GrEg. 33: the auðn was claimed as a royal domain; konungr á hér a. alla í landi, Fms. xi. 225; um þær auðnir er menn vilja byggja, þá skal sá ráða er a. á, the owner of the waste, N. G. L. i. 125: different from almenningr, compascuum or common.
auðn
2. more specially a deserted farm or habitation; sá bær hét síðan á Hrappstöðum, þar er nú a., Ld. 24; liggja í a., to lie waste, 96, Grág. ii. 214, cp. 278.
auðn
3. destruction; auðn borgarinnar (viz. Jerusalem), GrEg. 40, Rb. 332, Ver. 43, Sd. 179 (where auðnu, f.); ríki mitt stendr mjök til auðnar, is in a state of desolation, Fms. xi. 320, Bret. 68: insolvency, utter poverty, Grág. i. 62.
auðn
COMPDS: auðnarhús, auðnaróðal, auðnarseL.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᚢᚦᚾ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
f.
feminine.
L.
Linnæus.
cp.
compare.
viz.
namely.
l.
line.

Works & Authors cited:

Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Greg.
Gregory. (F. II.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
Ld.
Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)
Bret.
Breta Sögur. (G. I.)
Rb.
Rímbegla. (H. III.)
Sd.
Svarfdæla Saga. (D. II.)
Ver.
Veraldar Saga. (E. II.)
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