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 (văl-kîr′ē, -kī′rē, văl′kə-rē) also Wal·kyr·ie (wäl-kîr′ē, -kī′rē, väl-, wäl′kə-rē, väl′-)
n. Norse Mythology
Any of Odin's handmaidens who conducted the souls of the slain to Valhalla.

[Old Norse Valkyrja; see welə- in Indo-European roots.]


(vælˈkɪərɪ; ˈvælkɪərɪ) or




(Norse Myth & Legend) Norse myth any of the beautiful maidens who serve Odin and ride over battlefields to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla
[C18: from Old Norse Valkyrja, from valr slain warriors + köri to choose]
Valˈkyrian adj


(vælˈkɪər i, -ˈkaɪ ri, vɑl-, ˈvæl kə ri)

(in Norse myth) any of the female spirits who bring the souls of slain warriors to Valhalla.
[< Old Norse valkyrja=val(r) the slain in battle, slaughter (c. Old English wæl) + kyrja chooser (c. Old English cyrie); akin to choose]
Val•kyr′i•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Valkyrie - (Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to ValhallaValkyrie - (Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla
Norse mythology - the mythology of Scandinavia (shared in part by Britain and Germany) until the establishment of Christianity


[ˈvælkɪrɪ] NValquiria f


nWalküre f


[vælˈkɪərɪ] nvalchiria
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Effectivement, en langue allemande, le prenom << Hilde >> est issu de << hild >>, qui signifie << bataille >>, << combat >> et c'est aussi le nom d'une des Walkyries, Brunehilde, la fille preferee d'Ondin, personnifiant les vertus heroiques.
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Television viewers of the 1970s and 1980s still associate Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Walkyries," the sound track of the original television ad, with the enjoyment of recorded entertainment.