Definition of awe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɔː//
; NAmE NAmE//ɔː//
jump to other results
  • [uncountable] feelings of respect and slight fear; feelings of being very impressed by something/somebody awe and respect awe and wonder He speaks of her with awe. ‘It's magnificent,’ she whispered in awe. See related entries: Fear
  • Word OriginOld English ege ‘terror, dread, awe’, replaced in Middle English by forms related to Old Norse agi.Extra examples I stared at the clouds, in awe of their beauty. Most people hold him in some awe. They experienced a tremendous sense of awe in the cathedral. We gazed in awe at the massive building. What I mostly felt was awe at her achievement. ‘It’s magnificent,’ she whispered in awe. They gazed in awe at the beauty of the scene.Idioms
    be/stand in awe of somebody/something
    jump to other results
    to admire somebody/something and be slightly frightened of them/it While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: awe

    Other results

    All matches