skald

noun

ˈskȯld How to pronounce skald (audio)
ˈskäld
variants or scald
: an ancient Scandinavian poet
broadly : bard
skaldic
ˈskȯl-dik How to pronounce skald (audio)
ˈskäl-
adjective

Examples of skald in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The skald led us in song, our voices booming across the placid waters, thundering in our veins. Jess Grey, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 A skald is a Norse poet, so skaldic verses are written by Norse poets, usually a court poet. National Geographic, 22 Jan. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Old Norse skāld

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skald was in 1780

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“Skald.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skald. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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