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[frey-uh] /ˈfreɪ ə/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
the goddess of love and fertility, sister of Frey, daughter of Njord; one of the Vanir.
Origin of Freya
< Old Norse Freyja orig., lady, mistress, feminine of Frey; compare German Frau Unabridged
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  • And what sort of husband would he have made, anyhow, for a sensible girl like Freya?

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Fafner said: "I will build such a castle for you if you will give me your sister, Freya."

  • While Odur lingered contentedly at her side, Freya was smiling and perfectly happy; but, alas!

    Myths of the Norsemen H. A. Guerber
  • Wotan did not stop to think what an awful thing it would be to lose Freya.

  • Thus the gods obtained their much-needed fortress, and Freya stayed happily in Asgard.

    Stories from Northern Myths Emilie Kip Baker
  • He was waiting now for Wotan to awaken and to give to him the beautiful Freya.

  • Freya turned to Loki and reproved him for speaking injurious words at a feast.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • She sang of Freya's apples, and of the strength and youth of the giant family.

  • When Freya had spoken, she beckoned to the green maiden, who held in her hand a root and a knife.

British Dictionary definitions for Freya


(Norse myth) the goddess of love and fecundity, sister of Frey
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Word Origin and History for Freya

goddess of love and beauty in Norse mythology, Old Norse Freyja, related to Old English frea "lord," Old Saxon frua, Middle Dutch vrouwe "woman, wife," German Frau; see frau).

Frigga is usually considered the goddess of married love; Freya, the goddess of love, the northern Venus. Actually, Frigga is of the Aesir family of Scandinavian myth; Freya, of the Vanir family; the two lines of belief merged, and the two goddesses are sometimes fused, and sometimes confused. [Joseph T. Shipley, "The Origins of English Words," 1984]

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