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Any of the Scandinavian seafaring pirates and traders who raided and settled in many parts of northwestern Europe in the 8th–11th centuries.
pirate, marauder, raider, sea rover, freebooter, plunderer, cut-throat, privateer, viking, bandit, robber, desperadoView synonyms
- ‘Placenames in Rochdale show how Saxons and Vikings settled in the area.’
- ‘The language of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings is not so far removed from what we speak today as you may expect.’
- ‘The wearing of skins as normal clothing was unknown to both the Saxons and the Vikings.’
- ‘The survey will attempt to discover how many of the Vikings stayed and made the British Isles their home.’
- ‘Using guerrilla tactics and subterfuge, Alfred beat the Vikings at their own game.’
- ‘The Vikings are often thought to have raided British monasteries and carried off treasure.’
- ‘As if to remind us that Vikings were warriors as well as traders, a shining Viking helmet stands next to him.’
- ‘It attempted to find out where the Vikings had settled in our islands.’
- ‘So who were the Vikings raiding around the Welsh coast, the Welsh or themselves?’
- ‘The Vikings also had their own professional poet/storytellers, known as Skalds.’
- ‘As the Vikings invaded northern Europe from Scandinavia they left a strong genetic legacy.’
- ‘Timber was the most important resource for the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’
- ‘Apart from iron and bronze, the Saxons and Vikings made use of other metals, mainly for jewellery.’
- ‘In the 8th century the Vikings began one of the most remarkable periods of expansion in history.’
- ‘The fall in temperature that forced the Vikings out of Greenland also affected Europe.’
- ‘We should not forget that the Vikings continued to raid north-west Wales well into the 1130s.’
- ‘Certainly the Vikings set up new kingdoms in England and Ireland, and those kingdoms had their own cultures.’
- ‘Many Vikings also had a nickname which was used instead of their family name.’
- ‘Warfare was not a part of everyday life for many Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’
- ‘In 992 an English fleet assembled at London had some success against the Vikings.’
Relating to the Vikings or the period in which they lived.
From Old Norse víkingr, from vík creek or Old English wīc camp, dwelling place.
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