Varangian

adjective
Va·​ran·​gi·​an | \ vəˈranjēən \

Definition of Varangian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Varangians

Varangian

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of Varangian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one of the Scandinavians who founded a dynasty in Russia in the 9th century
2 : a member of the bodyguard of the Byzantine emperors especially in the 11th and 12th centuries composed chiefly of Russians or later of Scandinavians or other northern Europeans

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History and Etymology for Varangian

Adjective

Middle Greek Barangoi, plural + English -an, adjective suffix

Noun

Middle Greek Barangoi, plural, Varangians (of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse Væringjar Varangians, from plural of væringi confederate, from vārar, plural, pledge) + English -an, noun suffix

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“Varangian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Varangian. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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