any of the Northmen who, under Rurik, established a dynasty in Russia in the 9th century.
a member of the bodyguard (Varangian guard ) of the Byzantine emperors, especially in the 11th and 12th centuries, made up of Northmen, Anglo-Saxons, and other northern Europeans.
of or relating to the Varangians.
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How to use Varangian in a sentence
Glycerium responded, with a slight air of constraint, “Sigurd Olafson, the young Varangian captain.”The Proud Prince | Justin Huntly McCarthy
Its rulers were brave, their Varangian followers were courageous, the city was strong.Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15) | Charles Morris
It was probably about the 9th century that the Chudes became tributary to the Varangian-Russian states.
The Varangian princes, invited by the Novgorodians, of whom Rurik was the chief, soon signalized themselves by great expeditions.The Art of War | Baron Henri de Jomini
I found the kislischi nearly identical with the ancient Scandinavian mead: no doubt it dates from the Varangian rule in Russia.
British Dictionary definitions for Varangian
one of the Scandinavian peoples who invaded and settled parts of Russia and Ukraine from the 8th to the 11th centuries, and who formed the bodyguard of the Byzantine emperor (Varangian Guard) in the late 10th and 11th centuries
of or relating to the Varangians
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