- a female given name.
- either of two old Icelandic literary works, one a collection of poems on mythical and religious subjects ( or ) erroneously attributed to Saemund Sigfusson (c1055–1133), the other a collection of ancient Scandinavian myths and legends, rules and theories of versification, poems, etc. ( or ), compiled and written in part by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241).
Examples from the Web for edda
So is the scene in which Mrs. Kercher stares at Edda after the guilty verdict was read.Lifetime's Amanda Knox Movie
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 15, 2011
Her mother, Edda Mellas, told The Daily Beast that she was giving her books and music CDs by Amelia and JEM.Knox Defense Has Its Day
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 7, 2009
On more than one occasion Edda had to go to court to collect child support from Curt.
Her parents Edda and Curt divorced when she was two years old.
The Vedas, the Edda, the Koran, are each remembered by its happiest figure.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
It was a great relief to Edda to receive a visit from Captain Winslow.
He was in the constant enjoyment of the society of Edda Armytage.
While her mother was speaking, Edda looked up imploringly at Ronald.
Edda gazed horror-struck at the spectacle which met her sight.
- Also called: Elder Edda, Poetic Edda a collection of mythological Old Norse poems made in the 12th century
- Also called: Younger Edda, Prose Edda a treatise on versification together with a collection of Scandinavian myths, legends, and poems compiled by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241), the Icelandic historian and poet
Word Origin and History for edda
1771, by some identified with the name of the old woman in the Old Norse poem "Rigsþul," by others derived from Old Norse oðr "spirit, mind, passion, song, poetry" (cognate with Old Irish faith "poet," Welsh gwawd "poem," Old English woþ "sound, melody, song," Latin vates "seer, soothsayer;" see wood (adj.)).
It is the name given to two Icelandic books, the first a miscellany of poetry, mythology, and grammar by Snorri Sturluson (d.1241), since 1642 called the Younger or Prose Edda; and a c.1200 collection of ancient Germanic poetry and religious tales, called the Elder or Poetic Edda.