ēaster-ge-wuna, m.n: Easter custom, rite, or ritual. (AY-ah-stair-yeh-WUN-ah)

Feasting in the month of April. England (Canterbury?), mid-11th century. British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius B V/1, f. 4v. [bl.uk]

2 thoughts on “ēaster-ge-wuna

  1. Hi,

    I realize that the ancients didn’t put much stock in punctuation, but wouldn’t “ge-wuna” be better written as “ġewuna”?(As in Wiktionary, under “wuna.”)

    [I don’t know whether I am correct or not — I’m merely enquiring. By the way, great site! I just discovered it today.]


    • Hi Dave, I’m glad you like the site! My definitions are from Bosworth-Toller or the Toronto Dictionary of Old English, neither of which use the ġ. The diacritic is used in some editions of OE texts to make it easier to read them aloud (or help the reader know how words should be pronounced. Since the diacritic does not appear in original manuscripts, nor is it standard in modern dictionaries, I don’t use it on my site.


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