plural -s
: an Icelandic administrative district

Word History


Danish, from Icelandic sȳsla business, work, activity, syssel, from Old Norse; akin to Old English sūsl misery, torment, torture, sēoslig afflicted, Old Norse sȳsl eager, painstaking, sjūkr sick

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“Syssel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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