[ val-keer-ee, -kahy-ree, vahl-, val-kuh-ree ]
/ vælˈkɪər i, -ˈkaɪ ri, vɑl-, ˈvæl kə ri /

noun Scandinavian Mythology.

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.
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 forms

Val·kyr·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for valkyrie


Walkyrie Valkyr (ˈvælkɪə)

/ (vælˈkɪərɪ, ˈvælkɪərɪ) /


Norse myth any of the beautiful maidens who serve Odin and ride over battlefields to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla

Derived Forms

Valkyrian, adjective

Word Origin for Valkyrie

C18: from Old Norse Valkyrja, from valr slain warriors + köri to choose
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