dróttinn

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *druhtinaz (leader, lord). Cognate with Old English drihten, dryhten, Old Frisian drochten, Old Saxon drohtin, druhtin, Old High German trohtin, truhtin. See also Finnish ruhtinas.

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  • (12th century Icelandic) IPA(key): /ˈdroːtːinː/

Noun[edit]

dróttinn m (genitive dróttins, plural dróttnar)

  1. a lord, master
  2. a king, chief, heathen priest
    • Ynglinga saga, in 1777, G. Schøning, S. Þ. Thorlacius, Heimskringla, edr Noregs Konunga Sögor, Volume I. Copenhagen, page 24:
      [] enn ár voru þeir drottnar kalladir; []
      [] as kings of old were once called; []
  3. (Christianity) the Lord, god, Christ
    • Grágás, in 1829, J. F. W. Schlegel, Hin forna lögbok islendinga sem nefnist Gragas, Volume II. Copenhagen, page 167:
      [] Cristr drottinn oc allr heilagr domr.
      [] our Lord Christ and all halidom.

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