Va·​nir | \ ˈvä-ˌnir How to pronounce Vanir (audio) \

Definition of Vanir

: a race of Norse gods who warred against and later reconciled with the Aesir

First Known Use of Vanir

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Vanir

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

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The first known use of Vanir was circa 1875

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“Vanir.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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