From Middle English wand, wond, from Old Norse vǫndr (“switch, twig”), from Proto-Germanic *wanduz (“rod”), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (“to turn, twist, wind, braid”). Cognate with Icelandic vendi (“wand”), Danish vånd (“wand, switch”), German Wand (“wall, septum”), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌿𐍃 (wandus, “rod”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: wŏnd, IPA(key): /wɒnd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /wɑnd/
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- Rhymes: -ɒnd
wand (plural wands)
- A hand-held narrow rod, usually used for pointing or instructing, or as a traditional emblem of authority.
- 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, OCLC 1167497017:
- Then all of a sudden a number of armed men arranged in companies, and marshalled by officers who held ivory wands in their hands, came running swiftly towards us, having, so far as I could make out, emerged from the face of the precipice like ants from their burrows.
- (by extension) An instrument shaped like a wand, such as a curling wand.
- A stick or rod used by a magician (a magic wand), conjurer or diviner (divining rod).
- 1859, George Meredith, chapter 13, in The Ordeal of Richard Feverel. A History of Father and Son. […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Chapman and Hall, OCLC 213819910:
- Love is that blessed wand which wins the waters from the hardness of the heart.
- A stick, branch, or stalk, especially of willow.
- c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.
- A card of a particular suit of the minor arcana in tarot, the wands.
- mole (animal)