Definitions for vikingˈvaɪ kɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Vi•kingˈvaɪ kɪŋ(n.)

  1. (sometimes l.c.) any of the Scandinavians who from the late 8th to the 11th centuries engaged in raiding, trade, and colonization throughout Europe and the islands of the N Atlantic.

    Category: Peoples

  2. Informal. a Scandinavian.

    Category: Western History, Peoples

  3. one of a series of U.S. space probes in 1975–76 that obtained scientific information about Mars.

    Category: Aerospace

Origin of Viking:

1800–10; < Scand; cf. ON vīkingr, OE wīcing, of disputed orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Viking(noun)

    any of the Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries

Wiktionary

  1. Viking(Noun)

    One of the Scandinavian seafaring warriors that raided (and then settled) the British Isles and other parts of Europe in the 8 to the 11 centuries.

  2. Viking(Noun)

    A stock character common in the fantasy genera, a barbarian, generally equipped with an ax and a helmet adorned with horns.

  3. Viking(Noun)

    A player on the Minnesota Vikings NFL team.

  4. Origin: A loan from víkingr. Already in as wicing and witsing, wising, but extinct in Middle English and loaned anew in the 19th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Viking(noun)

    one belonging to the pirate crews from among the Northmen, who plundered the coasts of Europe in the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries

Freebase

  1. Viking

    The Vikings were seafaring north Germanic people who raided, traded, explored, and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th centuries. The Vikings employed wooden longships with wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation in rough seas or in shallow river waters. The ships could be landed on beaches, and their light weight enabled them to be hauled over portages. These versatile ships allowed the Vikings to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Nekor. This period of Viking expansion, known as the Viking Age, constitutes an important element of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, and the rest of Europe. Popular conceptions of the Vikings often differ from the complex picture that emerges from archaeology and written sources. A romanticised picture of Vikings as noble savages began to take root in the 18th century, and this developed and became widely propagated during the 19th-century Viking revival. The received views of the Vikings as violent brutes or intrepid adventurers owe much to the modern Viking myth that had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations are typically highly clichéd, presenting the Vikings as familiar caricatures.

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