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[sig-freed, seeg-; German zeek-freet] /ˈsɪg frid, ˈsig-; German ˈzik frit/
(in the Nibelungenlied) the son of Sigmund and Sieglinde and the husband of Kriemhild. He kills the dragon Fafnir, acquires the treasure of the Nibelungs, wins Brünnhilde for Gunther, and is finally killed by Hagen at the behest of Brünnhilde, whom he had once promised to marry: corresponds to the Sigurd of the Volsunga Saga.
Compare Brünnhilde.
(italics) See The Ring of the Nibelung.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • The noble Siegfried's pastime / it was beyond all measure good.

  • Yes, Siegfried will be the bravest hero the world has ever known.

  • Come was also Siegfried / with his twelve chosen men, Whom he with him hither / had brought from Netherland.

  • Siegfried is his name, and only he who knows no fear can mend the sword.

  • However fond of adventures Siegfried was, he felt himself chained to the spot by her subtle charms.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • "Eat him, Bruin," laughed Siegfried, as Mimi trembled with fear.

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

  • Siegfried took the broken pieces to the forge and began filing them to dust.

  • For it was, indeed, a mighty army which Siegfried saw before him.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for Siegfried


/ˈsiːɡfriːd; German ˈziːkfriːt/
(German myth) a German prince, the son of Sigmund and husband of Kriemhild, who, in the Nibelungenlied, assumes possession of the treasure of the Nibelungs by slaying the dragon that guards it, wins Brunhild for King Gunther, and is eventually killed by Hagen Norse equivalent Sigurd
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Word Origin and History for Siegfried

masc. proper name, German Siegfried, first element from Old High German sigu "victory," from Proto-Germanic *sigiz- "victory" (cf. Old Frisian si, Old Saxon sigi, Middle Dutch seghe, Dutch zege, German Sieg, Old Norse sigr, Danish seier, Gothic sigis, Old English sige "victory, success, triumph"), from PIE root *segh- "to have, to hold" (cf. Sanskrit saha- "victory," sahate "overcomes, masters;" see scheme (n.)).

Second element from Old High German frithu "peace," from PIE *pri-tu-, from root *pri- "to love" (see free (adj.)). Siegfried Line, World War I German fortifications in France, is from German Siegfriedlinie, named for the hero in Wagner's "Ring" cycle.

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