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Siegfried

[sig-freed, seeg-; German zeek-freet]
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  1. (in the Nibelungenlied) the son of Sigmund and Sieglinde and the husband of Kriemhild. He kills the dragon Fafnir, acquires the treasure of the Nibelungs, wins Brünnhilde for Gunther, and is finally killed by Hagen at the behest of Brünnhilde, whom he had once promised to marry: corresponds to the Sigurd of the Volsunga Saga.Compare Brünnhilde.
  2. (italics) See The Ring of the Nibelung.
  3. a male given name.
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Siegfried

noun
  1. German myth a German prince, the son of Sigmund and husband of Kriemhild, who, in the Nibelungenlied, assumes possession of the treasure of the Nibelungs by slaying the dragon that guards it, wins Brunhild for King Gunther, and is eventually killed by HagenNorse equivalent: Sigurd
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Word Origin and History for siegfried

Siegfried

masc. proper name, German Siegfried, first element from Old High German sigu "victory," from Proto-Germanic *sigiz- "victory" (cf. Old Frisian si, Old Saxon sigi, Middle Dutch seghe, Dutch zege, German Sieg, Old Norse sigr, Danish seier, Gothic sigis, Old English sige "victory, success, triumph"), from PIE root *segh- "to have, to hold" (cf. Sanskrit saha- "victory," sahate "overcomes, masters;" see scheme (n.)).

Second element from Old High German frithu "peace," from PIE *pri-tu-, from root *pri- "to love" (see free (adj.)). Siegfried Line, World War I German fortifications in France, is from German Siegfriedlinie, named for the hero in Wagner's "Ring" cycle.

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