: the Norse goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Old Norse — more at hell

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hel was in 1828

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“Hel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hel. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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