Definition of Canute in English:

Canute

(also Cnut, Knut)

proper noun

  • (d.1035), Danish king of England 1017–35, Denmark 1018–35, and Norway 1028–35, son of Sweyn I. He is remembered for demonstrating to fawning courtiers his inability to stop the rising tide; this has become distorted in folklore to suggest that Canute really expected to turn back the tide.

Pronunciation:

Canute

/kəˈnjuːt/