valkyrie

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English[edit]

Emil Doepler, Walkyrien (1905)

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old Norse valkyrja sg (chooser of the slain), plural valkyrjur pl, from Proto-Germanic *walakuzjǭ. Cognate to Old English wælcyrge. First attested in English as a proper noun (Valkyries) in the 1770s; attested as a common noun (valkyries) since the 1880s.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈvælˌkɪ.ɹi/
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Noun[edit]

valkyrie (plural valkyries)

  1. (Norse mythology) Any of the female attendants of Odin, figures said to guide fallen warriors from the battlefield to Valhalla.
    Wagner's “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (1853) famously features valkyries.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse valkyrja, from Proto-Germanic *walakuzjǭ.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /valkyːriə/, [valˈkʰyɐ̯ˀiə]

Noun[edit]

valkyrie c (singular definite valkyrien, plural indefinite valkyrier)

  1. valkyrie
  2. fury, virago (a large, strong, courageous or aggressive woman)

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