Definition of Valkyrie in English:

Valkyrie

Pronunciation /ˈvalkɪri//valˈkɪəri/

noun

Scandinavian Mythology
  • Each of Odin's twelve handmaids who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield to Valhalla.

    • ‘Five minutes ago she was screaming like a Valkyrie and fighting like a demon, and now she was being gentle and sorry?’
    • ‘It was believed that when a Viking died in battle, a warrior maiden called a Valkyrie escorted him to Valhalla.’
    • ‘Some Vikings envisioned the Valkyries carrying torches - or reflected light off their shields - as they led slain warriors to Valhalla.’
    • ‘Brynhild, a Valkyrie, disobeyed Odin and was put to sleep until she would be woken by a man.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most widely known of legendary women warriors are the Greek Amazons and the Nordic Valkyries.’

Origin

From Old Norse Valkyrja, literally ‘chooser of the slain’, from valr ‘the slain’ + kyrja ‘chooser’.

Pronunciation

Valkyrie

/ˈvalkɪri//valˈkɪəri/