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[guhn-ther for 1, 3; goo n-ter for 2] /ˈgʌn θər for 1, 3; ˈgʊn tər for 2/
John, 1901–1970, U.S. journalist and author.
(in the Nibelungenlied) a king of Burgundy and the husband of Brunhild, beheaded by Kriemhild in her revenge for the murder of Siegfried.
Compare Gunnar.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Kriemhild promised to obey his instructions, and Hagen departed, well pleased, to carry the news to Gunther.

  • Then down from the castle rode Gunther's warriors to welcome the strangers.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
  • For even in his injured pride Gunther feels that he has had a share in what Siegfried has done.

  • That day heralds had ridden into the land and demanded audience of King Gunther.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
  • But Hagen and King Gunther, who also wished to run, stripped off their upper garments, that they might run more lightly.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
British Dictionary definitions for Gunther


(in the Nibelungenlied) a king of Burgundy, allied with Siegfried, who won for him his wife Brunhild. He corresponds to Gunnar in Norse mythology
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gunther

also Gunter, masc. proper name, Old High German Gundhard, literally "bold in war," from gund "war" (see gun) + hart "hard, strong, bold" (see hard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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