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
Schwarber's saga was reminiscent of the early-season struggles of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo in 2013, when manager Dale Sveum suggested before a game in Milwaukee that anyone could be demoted.
The recommendations in the Johnson investigation continue a two-week saga that has engulfed the Metro Council and local Democratic Party, forcing members to deal with the lack of sexual harassment rules at City Hall.
The ongoing saga of a failing retaining wall inched closer to resolution Monday night in Highland.
The Monica Lewinsky saga is ready for its close-up, Bill Cosby brings his TV family to trial, Emmy campaigns hit a high note.
Q: Megan Leavey walked into the producer’s office after people told her that Rex’s saga should be a movie.
The saga apparently ended Friday with the player, receiver Corey Sutton, being released from his scholarship after all.
Another line of LIGO evidence supports the idea that globular clusters play a role in the saga of dual heavy black holes.
Whether in its original or extended editions, Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War saga is one of the great, haunting epics of 1970s American cinema.
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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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