Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made from the wood of the oak tree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made or consisting of oaks or of the wood of oaks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of oak; consisting of oak-trees, or of branches, leaves, or wood, etc., of the oak: as, an oaken plank or bench.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or made of wood of the oak tree

Etymologies

From Middle English oken, from Old English ācen ("of oak"), equivalent to oak +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch eiken ("oaken"), German eichen ("oaken"), Icelandic eikinn ("oaken"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The example he gave was "oaken", which is not quite the same as "made of oak".

    microscopic is tinier than miniscule

  • Jeremy Herrin's production, filled with resonant hymns, captures precisely the oaken rituals of public-school life while conveying the agonised unhappiness of the boy-hero.

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  • Warm light from kerosene lamps gives the impression of comfort, but despite woolen Oriental carpets insulating the hardwood floor and the heavy oaken wall panels, the cabin is unpleasantly chilly.

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  • He ran into the back room and yanked the false bottom out of the old oaken desk, pulled out the cloth-wrapped parcel, and set it on the desk.

    Masdy's Silver

  • Beyond an oaken dressing-table, with an orderly litter of combs and brushes and dainty feminine knickknacks, there was no sign of its being used as a bedroom.

    Chapter XVIII

  • His voice may not be as oaken as Richard Burton's was, or as burnished as John Gielgud's, but it's a beautifully modulated instrument with its own somber music.

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  • A heavy oaken shield was on his right arm, a steel-pointed lance clasped in his left hand.

    Trial of Seven

  • Aidan turned, a new oaken strength to his features.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Aidan woke, blinking up into the gray of predawn, confusion at his whereabouts making him question the heavy oaken beams above his head, the draft from a rattling set of windows, and the dampness in the smelly blankets covering him.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Kaufmann's voice was at both its most limber and controlled here, his delivery achieving subtle colorations in the work's atmospheric hothouses, as with his nearly vibrato-less "Ich hab' im Traum geweinet" (I wept in my dream), his plangent "Aus alten Märchen winkt es" (From old fairy tales beckons...), and the oaken darkness of his "Die alten, bösen Lieder" (the old, angry songs), summing up the poet's journey.

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