Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

saga

play
noun sa·ga \ˈsä-gə also ˈsa-\

Simple Definition of saga

  • : a long and complicated story with many details

  • : a long and complicated series of events

  • : a long story about past heroes from Norway and Iceland

Full Definition of saga

  1. 1 :  a prose narrative recorded in Iceland in the 12th and 13th centuries of historic or legendary figures and events of the heroic age of Norway and Iceland

  2. 2 :  a modern heroic narrative resembling the Icelandic saga

  3. 3 :  a long detailed account <a saga of the Old South>

Examples of saga

  1. the saga of a shipwrecked crew

  2. Her first novel was a family saga set in Iowa.

  3. Getting our car back turned into quite a saga.



Origin of saga

Old Norse — more at saw


First Known Use: 1709

Rhymes with saga


SAGA Defined for Kids

saga

play
noun sa·ga \ˈsä-gə\

Definition of saga

  1. 1 :  a story of heroic deeds

  2. 2 :  a long and often complicated story





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up saga? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez duvet kittly-benders spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ