[ sah-guh ]
/ ˈsɑ gə /


a medieval Icelandic or Norse prose narrative of achievements and events in the history of a personage, family, etc.
any narrative or legend of heroic exploits.
Also called saga novel. a form of the novel in which the members or generations of a family or social group are chronicled in a long and leisurely narrative.
a dramatic history of a group, place, industry, etc.: the saga of the transcontinental railroad.
any very long story with dramatic events or parts: the sad saga of her life in poverty.


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Origin of saga

1700–10; < Old Norse; cognate with saw3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for saga

/ (ˈsɑːɡə) /


any of several medieval prose narratives written in Iceland and recounting the exploits of a hero or a family
any similar heroic narrative
Also called: saga novel a series of novels about several generations or members of a family
any other artistic production said to resemble a saga
informal a series of events or a story stretching over a long period

Word Origin for saga

C18: from Old Norse: a narrative; related to Old English secgan to say 1
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