: any of the maidens of Odin who choose the heroes to be slain in battle and conduct them to Valhalla

Examples of Valkyrie in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from German & Old Norse; German Walküre, borrowed from Old Norse valkyrja, going back to Germanic *wala-kuzjōn- (whence Old English wælcyrige "war goddess, sorceress"), from *wala- (whence Old Norse valr "the slain," Old English wæl) + -kuzjōn-, nominal derivative from the base of *keusan- "to choose" (whence Old English cēosan) — more at valhalla, choose

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Valkyrie was in 1770

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“Valkyrie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of the maidens in Norse mythology who take slain heroes to Valhalla

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