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[goo n-nahr, goo n-er] /ˈgʊn nɑr, ˈgʊn ər/
Scandinavian Legend. the husband of Brynhild: corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied.
a male given name.
Origin of Gunnar
< Old Norse Gunnarr, equivalent to gunn battle + herr master; compare Gundaharius, Latinized form of a Burgundian personal name Unabridged
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  • Gunnar told him that they had news which they thought a good deal of.

    Frey and His Wife Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Time passed and King Giuki died, Gunnar, his son, succeeding him.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • So now Gunnar goes to her again, and asked her, what wrought her woe, or if there were anything that might amend it.

  • Here the death of Gunnar is told by Oddrun his mistress, the sister of Attila.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • So Gunnar had the greatest honour from that suit, and afterwards men rode home from the Thing.

  • It is understood in Gunnar's reply, that the gold of the Niblung treasure is what is sought for.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • It would have been wholly inept and spiritless to transfer this from Gunnar to Attila.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • They set everything in tune for the story of Gunnar's death which follows.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
British Dictionary definitions for Gunnar


(Norse myth) brother of Gudrun and husband of Brynhild, won for him by Sigurd. He corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied
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