Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mythology The Norse god of light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The most beautiful and beloved of the gods; the god of peace; the son of Odin and Freya.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Norse mythology) god of light and peace and noted for his beauty and sweet nature; son of Odin and Frigg and husband of Nanna; killed by Hoth

Etymologies

Old Norse Baldr, from ballr, baldr, brave; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "They have a pleasant game which they call Balder's Honor," was the answer.

    The Story of Siegfried

  • Every other aspect of this storyline has moved very slowly but in a matter of two issues Balder is completely won over just because Loki has told the truth about one thing.

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  • The glorious luminary of day, whether known as Balder, Baal, Sol, or any other of the innumerable names by which it was called by the primitive peoples, still gladdens the hearts of mortals at Yule-tide by "turning-back" as of old; only to-day it yields its place to a

    Yule-Tide in Many Lands

  • The haven, recalling by its name Balder's flight, bears witness to the war.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • Throughout some parts of the country, especially in the provinces of Bohus and Scania and in districts bordering on Norway, it is celebrated by the frequent discharge of firearms and by huge bonfires, formerly called Balder’s Balefires (Balder’s Ba˘ lar), which are kindled at dusk on hills and eminences and throw a glare of light over the surrounding landscape.

    Chapter 62. The Fire-Festivals of Europe. § 5. The Midsummer Fires

  • Throughout some parts of the country, especially in the provinces of Bohus and Scania and in districts bordering on Norway, it is celebrated by the frequent discharge of firearms and by huge bonfires, formerly called Balder's Balefires (Balder's Bă lar), which are kindled at dusk on hills and eminences and throw a glare of light over the surrounding landscape.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • Throughout some parts of the country, especially in the provinces of Bohus and Scania and in districts bordering on Norway, it is celebrated by the frequent discharge of firearms and by huge bonfires, formerly called Balder's

    The Golden Bough

  • They just did this little series called Balder's Gate.

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  • "Whoever speaks to me of 'Balder' -- though I live too retired a life to come often in the way of comment -- shall be answered according to your suggestion and my own impression.

    Life of Charlotte Bronte — Volume 2

  • At supper I noticed for the first time where "Balder" sits; that's what I call him because of his lovely golden hair, and because I don't know his real name.

    A Young Girl's Diary

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