Nibelung

noun
Ni·​be·​lung | \ ˈnē-bə-ˌlu̇ŋ How to pronounce Nibelung (audio) \
plural Nibelungs also Nibelungen\ ˈnē-​bə-​ˌlu̇ŋ-​ən How to pronounce Nibelungen (audio) \

Definition of Nibelung

1 : a member of a race of dwarfs in Germanic legend
2 : any of the followers of Siegfried
3 : any of the Burgundian kings in the medieval German Nibelungenlied

First Known Use of Nibelung

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Nibelung

German

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“Nibelung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Nibelung. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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