rune

Definitions:

A Runic letter or character.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One of the characters forming the earliest alphabet of the Teutonic nations.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Runic letters or poetry.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (pl.) (plural)
Poetry in runes.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (pl.) (plural)
A character of the earliest alphabet in use among the ancient people of Europe.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

The word " rune means secret or mystery.
- Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days by Emily Hickey
And answer'd priest and rune and the pale Dead, 26 'That in the fate of her, the Thor- descended, The Gods of Cymri wove a mystic thread, With Arthur's life and Cymri's glory blended, And Dragon- Kings, ordain'd in clouded years, To seize the birthright of the Saxon spears.
- The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
A Watteau picture- not by Watteau, quite; Release from many a dreary Northern rune Lovers and fathers; old walls, flowery- bright; A brave old plot- with music- ending soon.
- Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker