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or Par·zi·fal

noun Teutonic Legend.
  1. Percival.
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Historical Examples

  • Parzival meets her immediately after his adventure with the lady of the tent.

    Studies on the Legend of the Holy Grail

    Alfred Nutt

  • Gawain overcomes the magician, and, both unknowing, fights with Parzival.

  • The narrative of Lohengrin is suggested by Wolfram's "Parzival."

  • This knight is, of course, Parzival, though how he came to be there is not explained.

    Parzival (vol. 2 of 2)

    Wolfram von Eschenback

  • This is the only indication we have of the eventual recovery of Parzival's inheritance.

    Parzival (vol. 2 of 2)

    Wolfram von Eschenback

British Dictionary definitions for parzival


  1. a variant of Parsifal
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Word Origin and History for parzival


also Parsifal, hero of medieval legends, from Old French Perceval, literally "he who breaks through the valley," from percer "to pierce, break through" (see pierce) + val "valley" (see vale).

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