Definition of Valkyrie in US English:

Valkyrie

noun

Scandinavian Mythology
  • Each of Odin's twelve handmaidens who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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