valkyrian

Valkyrie

[val-keer-ee, -kahy-ree, vahl-, val-kuh-ree]
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
any of the beautiful maidens attendant upon Odin who bring the souls of slain warriors chosen by Odin or Tyr to Valhalla and there wait upon them.
Also, Walkyrie.


Origin:
< Old Norse valkyrja chooser of the slain (cognate with Old English wælcyrie witch), equivalent to val(r) the slain in battle, slaughter (cognate with Old English wæl) + kyrja chooser (cognate with Old English cyrie); akin to choose

Valkyrian, adjective
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Valkyrie, Walkyrie or Valkyr (vælˈkɪərɪ, ˈvælkɪərɪ, vælˈkɪərɪ, ˈvælkɪərɪ, ˈvælkɪə)
 
n
Norse myth any of the beautiful maidens who serve Odin and ride over battlefields to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla
 
[C18: from Old Norse Valkyrja, from valr slain warriors + köri to choose]
 
Walkyrie, Walkyrie or Valkyr
 
n
 
[C18: from Old Norse Valkyrja, from valr slain warriors + köri to choose]
 
Valkyr, Walkyrie or Valkyr
 
n
 
[C18: from Old Norse Valkyrja, from valr slain warriors + köri to choose]
 
Val'kyrian, Walkyrie or Valkyr
 
adj

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Valkyrie
1768, one of 12 war-maidens who escorted the brave dead to Valhalla, from O.N. valkyrja, lit. "chooser of the slain," from valr "those slain in battle" (see Valhalla) + kyrja "chooser," from ablaut root of kjosa "to choose," from P.Gmc. *keusan, from PIE *geus- "to taste,
choose" (see gusto). O.E. form was Wælcyrie, but they seem not to have figured as largely in Anglo-Saxon tales as in Scandinavian. Ger. Walküre (Wagner) is from O.N.
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