/ˌgɒtərˈdæməˌrʊŋ, -ˌrʌŋ; German ˌgœtərˈdɛməˌrʊŋ/Show Spelled[got-er-dam-uh-roong, -ruhng; German gœt-uhr-dem-uh-roong]Show IPA
German Mythology. the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with evil powers: erroneous modern translation of the Old Icelandic Ragnarǫk, meaning “fate of the gods,” misunderstood as Ragnarökkr, meaning “twilight of the gods.”
(italics) the final opera of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.
Origin: 1875–80; < German, equivalent to Götter, plural of GottGod + Dämmerung twilight