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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wonen (to abide, dwell), from Old English wunian (to dwell, be accustomed to), from Proto-Germanic *wunjaną (to be wont; dwell), from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (to strive; wish; love). Cognate with Dutch wonen (to dwell), German wohnen (to live, dwell). Related to wont, wean.

Alternative formsEdit



wone (plural wones)

  1. (obsolete or archaic, poetic) A dwelling.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Volume 2, vii:20 (see also xii:11)
      What secret place (quoth he) can safely hold
      So huge a masse, and hide from heaven's eye?
      Or where hast thou thy wonne, that so much gold
      Thou canst preserve from wrong and robbery?
    • 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, I:XXXVII
      On the cool height awhile out Palmers ſtay,
      And ſpite even of themſelves their Senſes chear;
      Then to the Wizard's Wonne their Steps they ſteer.


wone (third-person singular simple present wones, present participle woning, simple past and past participle woned)

  1. (obsolete or archaic, dialectal) To live, reside, stay.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      This I make thy woning place, full of mirth and of solace.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Volume 2, iii:18 (see also i:51, vii:49, ix:52, and xii:69)
      For now the best and noblest knight alive
      Prince Arthur is, that wonnes in Faerie Lond;
      He hath a sword, that flames like burning brond.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 17
      Then we entered the city and found all who therein woned into black stones enstoned.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Southern variant of wane (dwelling), probably from Old Norse ván.


wone (plural wones)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) A house, home, habitation.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      It is not good to be alone, to walk here in this worthly wone.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English wone (custom, habit), from Old English wuna (custom, habit, practice, ritual), from Proto-Germanic *wunô (practise), from Proto-Germanic *wun- (to wish, love), from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (to wish, love).


wone (plural wones)

  1. custom, habit, practice
  2. use, usage





  1. (cardinal) sixty


Middle EnglishEdit


From Old English wuna (custom, habit, practise, ritual)


wone (plural wones)

  1. custom, habit