American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A prose narrative usually written in Iceland between 1120 and 1400, dealing with the families that first settled Iceland and their descendants, with the histories of the kings of Norway, and with the myths and legends of early Germanic gods and heroes.
- n. A modern prose narrative that resembles a saga.
- n. A long detailed report: recounted the saga of their family problems.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient Scandinavian legend or tradition of considerable length, relating either mythical or historical events; a tale; a history: as, the Völsunga saga; the Knytlinga saga.
- n. An Old Norse (Icelandic) prose narrative, especially one dealing with family or social histories and legends
- n. Something with the qualities of such a saga; an epic, a long story.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. 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
- From Old Norse saga ("epic tale, story"), from Proto-Germanic *sagōn (“saying, story”), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷe-, *skʷē- (“to tell, talk”). Cognate with Old English sagu ("story, tale, statement"), Old High German saga ("an assertion, narrative, sermon, pronouncement"), Icelandic saga ("story, tale, history"). More at saw, say. (Wiktionary)
- Old Norse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Markos linked to, by the way, a rather well-done explanation of the Durbin saga from a conservative blogger who actually gets it.”
“Once we get into the twentieth century, the term saga was chiefly popularised by John Galsworthy, who wrote The Forsyte Saga.”
“In modern publishing, at any rate in the UK, the term saga is generally used to describe a type of fiction aimed principally at women.”
“The term saga also crops up, occasionally, in science fiction, e.g. in relation to E.E.”
“The recent Cadillac/Greymac/Kilderkin saga is a current, rather tortured example of what can happen when governments impose a regime of rent controls.”
“The more I read about this saga is the more I respect Mrs. Sanford.”
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