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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. 2018.
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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
  • "The others may go, but you may not go that way, Thor," said Heimdall.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • 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
  • One of Heimdall's names was Irmin, and this means "Shining."

    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
  • Heimdall rode the horse Gulltopp, and Freyja drove her cats.

  • 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
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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