\ ˈskȯld How to pronounce skald (audio) , ˈskäld \
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Definition of skald

: an ancient Scandinavian poet broadly : bard

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Other Words from skald

skaldic \ ˈskȯl-​dik How to pronounce skaldic (audio) , ˈskäl-​ \ adjective

Examples of skald in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A skald is a Norse poet, so skaldic verses are written by Norse poets, usually a court poet. National Geographic, "How Much Viking Lore Is True?," 22 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of skald

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skald

Old Norse skāld

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“Skald.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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