Val·​hal·​la val-ˈha-lə How to pronounce Valhalla (audio)
väl-ˈhä- How to pronounce Valhalla (audio)
: the great hall in Norse mythology where heroes slain in battle are received
: a place of honor, glory, or happiness : heaven
an academic's Valhalla

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In Norse mythology, the souls of warriors who died nobly in battle were brought to a magnificent palace, where they spent their days fighting for diversion, immune from lasting injury, and their evenings lustily feasting on freshly killed boar and quaffing the free-flowing mead. In Old Norse, the word for this warrior heaven is Valhǫll (literally, "hall of the slain"); in German, it is Walhalla. English speakers picked up the name as Valhalla in the 18th century. Nowadays, we can use the word figuratively, and induction or admission into a modern-day Valhalla doesn't require passing from this life. It can be a place of honor (a hall of fame, for example) or a place of bliss (as in "an ice cream lover's Valhalla").

Examples of Valhalla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Huracan successor pairs three electric motors with the V8 and even Aston Martin's Valhalla, a mid-engine hypercar, features a hybrid powertrain. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 9 June 2024 Scheffler was playing in the PGA Championship, which was held at the Valhalla Golf Club, in Louisville, Ky. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 3 June 2024 Pacifica, which snapped Valhalla’s 18-game winning streak in the semifinals Thursday, finishes 21-12-1. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2024 Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic when he was arrested outside Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club, which was hosting the tournament. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 29 May 2024 Scheffler was arrested May 17 before the start of the second round of the tournament after attempting to drive into the entrance at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville as police were investigating a fatal traffic accident that had occurred at the site earlier that morning. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 The golfer had been arrested outside the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Valhalla Golf Club. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 May 2024 San Marcos lost in Division 2, but University City and Valhalla won in Division 4 and Mount Miguel was victorious in Division 5. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2024 Scottie Scheffler tied for 2nd at the Charles Schwab Challenge on Sunday, May 26, following his May 17 arrest at the Valhalla Golf Club and subsequent felony charge of second-degree assault of a police officer. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024

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Word History


borrowed from German and Old Norse; German Walhalla, borrowed from Old Norse Valhǫll, literally, "hall of the slain," from valr "the slain" (akin to Old English wæl "slaughter, the slain" and probably to Latin vulnus "wound") + hǫll "hall"; akin to Old English heall "hall" — more at vulnerable, hall

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Valhalla was in 1768


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“Valhalla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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Val·​hal·​la val-ˈhal-ə How to pronounce Valhalla (audio)
: the hall of Odin in Norse mythology to which the Valkyries take heroes killed in battle

derived from an early Norse word Valhǫll, literally "hall of the slain," from valr "those slain (in battle)" and hǫll "hall"

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