[ vah-nir ]
/ ˈvɑ nɪr /

noun (often lowercase) (used with a plural verb) Scandinavian Mythology.

a race of gods, first in conflict with the Aesir, later allied with them. They function as fertility divinities and include Njord, Frey, and Freyja.

Origin of Vanir

< Old Norse, probably from the same root as vinr friend, Latin Venus Venus, Sanskrit vánas desire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈvɑːnɪə) /


Norse myth a race of ancient gods often locked in struggle with the Aesir. The most notable of them are Njord and his children Frey and Freya

Word Origin for Vanir

from Old Norse Vanr, a fertility god
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