Valkyrie

noun Val·ky·rie \ ˈval-k(ə-)rē also val-ˈkir-ē , val-ˈkī-rē \

Definition of Valkyrie

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

Origin and Etymology of valkyrie

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


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