from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Mythology An early race of Norse gods who dwelt with the Aesir in Asgard.
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- proper n. The principal deities, as a group, of the Norse pantheon that represent chaos, fertility, and cultivation; opponents of the Æsir.
- proper n. Members of the Swedish royal family whose ancestry is traditionally traced to one of the Vanir deities.
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- n. (Norse mythology) race of ancient gods sometimes in conflict with the Aesir
Old Norse; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Old Norse Vanir. (Wiktionary)