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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The hall in which Odin received the souls of slain heroes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Scand. myth., the Hall of the Slain; the palace of immortality, inhabited by the souls of heroes slain in battle, who spent much of their time in drinking and feasting.
  • noun A name figuratively applied to any edifice or place which is the final resting-place of the heroes or great men of a nation or of many such, and specifically to the Temple of Fame built by Louis I. of Bavaria at Donaustauf, near Ratisbon, and consecrated to renowned Germans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Scand. Myth.) The palace of immortality, inhabited by the souls of heroes slain in battle.
  • noun Fig.: A hall or temple adorned with statues and memorials of a nation's heroes; specifically, the Pantheon near Ratisbon, in Bavaria, consecrated to the illustrious dead of all Germany.

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  • proper noun In Norse mythology, the home of warriors slain gloriously in battle.

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

  • noun (Norse mythology) the hall in which the souls of heros slain in battle were received by Odin

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Old Norse Valhöll : valr, the slain in battle; see welə- in Indo-European roots + höll, hall, hall; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old Norse Valhǫll, from valr ("dead warriors"), and hǫll ("hall").

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