Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Old Norse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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