or ae·sir

[ ey-sir, ey-zir ]

noun(used with a plural verb)Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. the principal race of gods, led by Odin and living at Asgard.

Origin of Aesir

From 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”

Words Nearby Aesir Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Aesir in a sentence

  • 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
  • "We live," grunted the Aesir, busy over Amra's half-frozen feet.

    Gods of the North | Robert E. Howard
  • The Vanir then made common cause with the Aesir and were worshipped like them.

    The Story of Norway | Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • 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


/ (ˈeɪsɪə) /

pl n
  1. the chief gods of Norse mythology dwelling in Asgard

Origin of Aesir

Old Norse, literally: gods

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