Varangian

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Ultimately from Byzantine Greek Βάραγγος, from Old Norse Vǽringi.

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Varangian

  1. (historical) A member of the ethnically Scandinavian people around the borders of Constantinople in the ninth and tenth centuries.
  2. (historical) The imperial body guard at Constantinople from 955.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 506:
      The Byzantines continued to recruit elite warriors from the north, not merely from Rus’ but directly from far-off Scandinavia; from the end of the tenth century, they referred to them as ‘Varangians’.
  3. (geology) A period of intense glaciation during the late Proterozoic eon.

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Varangian (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Varangians.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Varanger Peninsula in Norway.

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