Old EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdi͜yr.ne/, [ˈdi͜yrˠ.ne]

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-West Germanic *darnī (hidden).

AdjectiveEdit

dierne

  1. secret, hidden
    • Beowulf
      ne sceal dyrne sum wesan
      nothing must be secret
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DescendantsEdit
  • Middle English: derne, darne, durne
    • English: dern, dearn, darn
    • Scots: dern, darn

Etymology 2Edit

Substantified from the above.

NounEdit

dierne n

  1. a secret
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