Definitions for kenningˈkɛn ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ken•ningˈkɛn ɪŋ(n.)

  1. a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, esp. in Old Norse and Old English verse, as wave traveler for


    Category: Literature

Origin of kenning:

1880–85; < ON

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kenning(noun)

    conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kenning

    of Ken

  2. Kenning(verb)

    range of sight

  3. Kenning(verb)

    the limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles


  1. Kenning

    A kenning is a type of literary trope, specifically circumlocution, in the form of a compound that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun. Kennings are strongly associated with Old Norse and later Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon poetry. For example, Old Norse poets might replace sverð, the regular word for “sword”, with a more abstract compound such as “wound-hoe”, or a genitive phrase such as randa íss “ice of shields”. The term kenning has been applied by modern scholars to similar figures of speech in other languages too, especially Old English.

Translations for kenning

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an idea or explanation which has not yet been proved to be correct

There are many theories about the origin of life; In theory, I agree with you, but it would not work in practice.

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