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Valkyrie

[val-keer-ee, -kahy-ree, vahl-, val-kuh-ree]
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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. any of the beautiful maidens attendant upon Odin who bring the souls of slain warriors chosen by Odin or Tyr to Valhalla and there wait upon them.
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Also Walkyrie.

Origin of Valkyrie

< Old Norse valkyrja chooser of the slain (cognate with Old English wælcyrie witch), equivalent to val(r) the slain in battle, slaughter (cognate with Old English wæl) + kyrja chooser (cognate with Old English cyrie); akin to choose
Related formsVal·kyr·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for valkyrian

Valkyrie

Walkyrie Valkyr (ˈvælkɪə)

noun
  1. Norse myth any of the beautiful maidens who serve Odin and ride over battlefields to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla
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Derived FormsValkyrian, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Old Norse Valkyrja, from valr slain warriors + köri to choose
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Word Origin and History for valkyrian

Valkyrie

n.

1768, one of 12 war-maidens who escorted the brave dead to Valhalla, from Old Norse valkyrja, literally "chooser of the slain," from valr "those slain in battle" (see Valhalla) + kyrja "chooser," from ablaut root of kjosa "to choose," from Proto-Germanic *keusan, from PIE *geus- "to taste, choose" (see gusto). Old English form was Wælcyrie, but they seem not to have figured as largely in Anglo-Saxon tales as in Scandinavian. German Walküre (Wagner) is from Norse.

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