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skald

[skawld, skahld] /skɔld, skɑld/
noun
1.
one of the ancient Scandinavian poets.
Also, scald.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Old Norse skāld poet
Related forms
skaldic, adjective
skaldship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for skald

skald

/skɔːld/
noun
1.
(in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel
Derived Forms
skaldic, scaldic, adjective
Word Origin
from Old Norse, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for skald
n.

"Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times," 1763, from Old Norse skald "skald, poet" (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *sekw- (3) "to say, utter." The modern word is an antiquarian revival. "Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of the Viking period and down to c 1250, but often without any clear idea as to their function and the character of their work" [OED]. Related: Scaldic.

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