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[ey-sir, ey-zir] /ˈeɪ sɪr, ˈeɪ zɪr/
noun, (often lowercase) (used with a plural verb) Scandinavian Mythology.
the principal race of gods, led by Odin and living at Asgard.
Compare Vanir.
Origin of Aesir
< Old Norse, plural of āss god; cognate with Old English ōs god, Os- in proper names (as Ōswald), Old High German Ans- in proper names (as Anselm); akin to Sanskrit asura lord Unabridged
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  • Hyndluljod says there were twelve (“there were eleven Aesir when Baldr went down into the howe”).

    The Edda, Vol. 1 Winifred Faraday
  • "We live," grunted the Aesir, busy over Amra's half-frozen feet.

    Gods of the North Robert E. Howard
  • All the above deities, together with a number of others less important, form a regularly organised community, like the Aesir.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • The Vanir then made common cause with the Aesir and were worshipped like them.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • The Aesir joined him on the way, and they made, together, something like a wedding procession.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • In spite of their origin, Frey and Freyja become to all intents and purposes Aesir.

    The Edda, Vol. 1 Winifred Faraday
  • It is ill with the Aesir, it is ill with the Elves; hast thou hidden the Thunderer's hammer?

    The Edda, Vol. 1 Winifred Faraday
  • The god, now ready to resign the empire of the world and prepared for the ending of the Aesir, awaits the hero's coming.

  • The last despairing appeal of Waltraute for the Aesir meets with an answer which fully exhibits the change wrought in Brnnhilde.

British Dictionary definitions for Aesir


plural noun
the chief gods of Norse mythology dwelling in Asgard
Word Origin
Old Norse, literally: gods
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Word Origin and History for Aesir

chief gods of Scandinavian religion, from Old Norse plural of ass "god," related to Old English os, Gothic ans "god" (see Asgard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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