plural noun

Va·​nir ˈvä-ˌnir How to pronounce Vanir (audio)
: a race of Norse gods who warred against and later reconciled with the Aesir

Word History


borrowed from Old Norse, plural of Vanr, of uncertain origin

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vanir was circa 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Vanir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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