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[broo n-hil-duh; German bryn-hil-duh] /brʊnˈhɪl də; German ˌbrünˈhɪl də/
the heroine of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs.
Compare Siegfried.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She meant to be a Wagner singer, an extraordinary Isolde and brunnhilde.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Don't you remember the white horse of brunnhilde in 'Siegfried'?

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Who is the Siegfried that will release this brunnhilde from her bed of fire?

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • His passion encompassed me; I felt like brunnhilde surrounded by a sea of flame.

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti
  • Then spake Wotan again, his eyes dwelling ever on brunnhilde.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then brunnhilde started up, for she saw what was in Wotan's mind.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then brunnhilde was very sorry, yet what was to be, was to be.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then did the tumult and trouble in brunnhilde's heart seethe and stir.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • But in the middle of that light there appeared brunnhilde floating there, and lo!

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • "The wildest, fiercest ride that ever brunnhilde sped," she cried.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
brunnhilde in Culture
Brünnhilde [(broohn-hil-duh)]

A character in Norse mythology, also known by the name Brynhild. Brünnhilde, a Valkyrie, or woman servant of Odin, loved the hero Siegfried. After she found out that he had deceived her, she had him killed and committed suicide.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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