Definitions

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

  • n. Mythology The Norse goddess of death and the underworld; the daughter of Loki.
  • n. Mythology The Norse underworld of the dead not killed in battle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A simplified spelling of hell.

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

  • n. (Norse mythology) goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld

Etymologies

Old Norse; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Damn us to Hel if you like, we know Her well, for Hel is not a place, Hel is Lady Death and we all meet her someday whatever our mortal belief system.

    is jesus your lord and savior?

  • In order to reach that country, it had to march a long way through the northern part of Asia Minor, cross a narrow strait called the Hel´les-pont, and pass along the coast of the Ægean Sea, through Thrace and Scyth´i-a.

    The Story of the Greeks

  • I'm doing a final polish and light rewrite and am trying to cut 10k from my BIG 190k word Hel's Bet ms.

    Re-Write Wednesday: Lighten Up!

  • So as of today my desktop is called Hel (hell of a machine), my laptop is Gna (makes me say gna* a lot) and my Fon Access Point is Syn.

    life at the end of the universe » 2007 » September

  • And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Hel'kath–haz'zurim, 1 which is in Gibeon.

    2 Samuel 2.

  • Beyond, solidifying now as the morning mists burned off the Baltic coast, was the long low spit of land known as the Hel Peninsula.

    With Friends Like These...

  • The spirits generally rode or drove across this bridge on the horses or in the waggons which had been burned upon the funeral pyre with the dead to serve that purpose, and the Northern races were very careful to bind upon the feet of the departed a specially strong pair of shoes, called Hel-shoes, that they might not suffer during the long journey over rough roads.

    Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas

  • "They loved the same woman -- called Hel," says Schmidt.

    Variety.com

  • Here's a poem called "Hel" that I wrote for this "Fantastic First Issue".

    How I Got Started in Publishing...

  • "Hel -" he began, but just then a hand closed over his arm in a grip of iron, hoisting him clear up off the sidewalk.

    Time of the Twins

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