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[heym-dahl] /ˈheɪmˌdɑl/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
the god of dawn and light.
Also, Heimdal, Heimdallr
[heym-dahl-er] /ˈheɪmˌdɑl ər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Heimdall
< Old Norse Heimdallr, equivalent to heim(r) home, world + dallr, perhaps cognate with Old English deall bold, renowned Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Heimdall was speaking sharply, for he did not altogether like the stranger's look.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • Heimdall held in his hands the horn that was called the Gialarhorn.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Heimdall also is a light and gracious god; he is the warder of the sir, and stays near the bridge Bifrst.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • Gulveig the Witch came into Asgard, for Heimdall might not forbid her entrance.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • But Heimdall was glad to see them; glad, at least, for their sakes.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • Heimdall and Loki came face to face, and each slew the other.

    Asgard Stories Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
  • At the words of Heimdall Thor fell back from the bridge's head, vexed and sorrowful.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • Heimdall's horn is mentioned,—this is supposed to mean the crescent moon, and Mimer's drinking horn also means the moon.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • In the Rigsmal we are informed how Heimdall, under the name of Rig, became the progenitor of the three orders of mankind.

British Dictionary definitions for Heimdall


(Norse myth) the god of light and the dawn, and the guardian of the rainbow bridge Bifrost
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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