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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family; originally (12th to 14th centuries) a story of the families that settled Iceland and their descendants but now any prose narrative that resembles such an account

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Old Norse more at saw Date: 1709 1. a prose narrative recorded in Iceland in the 12th and 13th centuries of historic or legendary figures and events of the heroic age of Norway and Iceland 2. a modern heroic narrative resembling the Icelandic saga 3. a long detailed account <a saga of the Old South>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a long story of heroic achievement, esp. a medieval Icelandic or Norwegian prose narrative. 2 a series of connected books giving the history of a family etc. 3 a long involved story. Etymology: ON, = narrative, rel. to SAW(3)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Saga Sa"ga (s[=a]"g[.a]), n.; pl. Sagas (-g[.a]z). [Icel., akin to E. saw a saying. See Say, and cf. Saw.] A Scandinavian legend, or heroic or mythic tradition, among the Norsemen and kindred people; a northern European popular historical or religious tale of olden time. And then the blue-eyed Norseman told A saga of the days of old. --Longfellow.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sagum Sa"gum, n.; pl. Saga. [L. sagum, sagus; cf. Gr. ?. Cf. Say a kind of serge.] (Rom. Antiq.) The military cloak of the Roman soldiers.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sagas) 1. A saga is a long story, account, or sequence of events. ...a 600 page saga about 18th century slavery. ...the continuing saga of unexpected failures by leading companies. N-COUNT 2. A saga is a long story composed in medieval times in Norway or Iceland. ...a Nordic saga of giants and trolls. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Scandinavian legend, tradition, tale, history.



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