Main definitions of Viking in English

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Viking1

noun

  • Any of the Scandinavian seafaring pirates and traders who raided and settled in many parts of NW Europe in the 8th–11th centuries.

    • ‘Many Vikings also had a nickname which was used instead of their family name.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the Vikings invaded northern Europe from Scandinavia they left a strong genetic legacy.’
    • ‘Using guerrilla tactics and subterfuge, Alfred beat the Vikings at their own game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 992 an English fleet assembled at London had some success against the Vikings.’
    • ‘Timber was the most important resource for the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’
    • ‘The fall in temperature that forced the Vikings out of Greenland also affected Europe.’
    • ‘In the 8th century the Vikings began one of the most remarkable periods of expansion in history.’
    • ‘Apart from iron and bronze, the Saxons and Vikings made use of other metals, mainly for jewellery.’
    • ‘We should not forget that the Vikings continued to raid north-west Wales well into the 1130s.’
    • ‘The Vikings are often thought to have raided British monasteries and carried off treasure.’
    • ‘Certainly the Vikings set up new kingdoms in England and Ireland, and those kingdoms had their own cultures.’
    • ‘The Vikings also had their own professional poet/storytellers, known as Skalds.’
    • ‘Warfare was not a part of everyday life for many Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’
    • ‘The survey will attempt to discover how many of the Vikings stayed and made the British Isles their home.’
    • ‘So who were the Vikings raiding around the Welsh coast, the Welsh or themselves?’
    • ‘The wearing of skins as normal clothing was unknown to both the Saxons and the Vikings.’
    pirate, marauder, raider, sea rover, freebooter, plunderer, cut-throat, privateer, viking, bandit, robber, desperado
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Origin

From Old Norse víkingr, from vík creek or Old English wīc ‘camp, dwelling place’.

Pronunciation:

Viking

/ˈvʌɪkɪŋ/

Main definitions of Viking in English

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Viking2

proper noun

  • Either of two American space probes sent to Mars in 1975, each of which consisted of a lander that conducted experiments on the surface and an orbiter.

Pronunciation:

Viking

/ˈvʌɪkɪŋ/

Main definitions of Viking in English

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Viking3

proper noun

  • A shipping forecast area covering the open sea between southern Norway and the Shetland Islands.

Pronunciation:

Viking

/ˈvʌɪkɪŋ/