noun Scandinavian Mythology.

the goddess of love and fertility, sister of Frey, daughter of Njord; one of the Vanir.

Origin of Freya

< Old Norse Freyja orig., lady, mistress, feminine of Frey; compare German Frau Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Still, he ought to have been born a woman or a priest of Freya who only offers flowers.

    The Wanderer's Necklace

    H. Rider Haggard

  • I was sorry for him, and I really think Miss Freya was sorry for her father, too.

  • As soon as Freya was gone, the flowers began to droop their heads.

  • “My wages must be the sun and moon and Freya for my wife,” cried the giant, boldly.

  • Faint sounds in the passage alarmed him, and remaining concealed he saw Freya coming out.

British Dictionary definitions for freya




Norse myth the goddess of love and fecundity, sister of Frey
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Word Origin and History for freya


goddess of love and beauty in Norse mythology, Old Norse Freyja, related to Old English frea "lord," Old Saxon frua, Middle Dutch vrouwe "woman, wife," German Frau; see frau).

Frigga is usually considered the goddess of married love; Freya, the goddess of love, the northern Venus. Actually, Frigga is of the Aesir family of Scandinavian myth; Freya, of the Vanir family; the two lines of belief merged, and the two goddesses are sometimes fused, and sometimes confused. [Joseph T. Shipley, "The Origins of English Words," 1984]
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