Definition of saga
1 : a prose narrative recorded in Iceland in the 12th and 13th centuries of historic or legendary figures and events of the heroic age of Norway and Iceland
2 : a modern heroic narrative resembling the Icelandic saga
3 : a long detailed account a saga of the Old South
Examples of saga in a Sentence
the saga of a shipwrecked crew
Her first novel was a family saga set in Iowa.
Getting our car back turned into quite a saga.
Recent Examples of saga from the Web
Another line of LIGO evidence supports the idea that globular clusters play a role in the saga of dual heavy black holes.
The new routes to Italy are just the latest installment in the saga of the startup’s rapid ascent to become of the biggest—and certainly fastest-growing—low-cost carriers in the world.
Australian media has closely observed the twists and turns of Corby's saga.
The saga ended at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday, after McCully and Craven-Howell stood at their podiums for four hours to field questions during the board’s debate on boundary and magnet changes for 2018.
Today, few Australians still believe Corby’s story but remain fascinated by the saga.
So Village Theatre merits kudos just for programming this crowd-pleasing saga of a black female singing trio’s rise to success, and the moral compromises and heartbreaks that follow.
The tumultuous saga of Flagstone Island Gardens is finally coming to a head after 16 years of lawsuits, delays and deadline extensions.
Gal Gadot looks to get Warner Bros and DC Comics' movie universe back on track with this stand-alone saga about the famed Amazon warrior, which will detail both her childhood origins and subsequent battle alongside Allied forces during WWI.
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A Brief History of saga
Saga was originally used to describe Icelandic prose narratives composed in the 12th and 13th centuries. The word first appeared in English in that sense during the 18th century; by the middle of the 19th century we were employing saga is a somewhat looser fashion, in reference to modern stories involving heroic deeds that bore some resemblance to the Icelandic tales of yore. By the 20th century saga had come to be applied to other written works, typically a novel or series of novels, especially those that took place over a significant period of time. Today the word may also be used to describe a long and drawn-out story that is either written or spoken (as in “my neighbor told me the saga of his divorce again”). Saga comes from an Old Norse word of the same spelling. It does not have any connection with the adjective sagacious (“possessing quick intellectual perceptions”), which comes from the Latin sagax (“sagacious”).
SAGA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of saga for English Language Learners
: a long and complicated story with many details
: a long and complicated series of events
: a long story about past heroes from Norway and Iceland
SAGA Defined for Kids
Definition of saga for Students
1 : a story of heroic deeds
2 : a long and often complicated story
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