Synonyms of 'Norse'
; see mythology
English was brought into contact with Old Norse through Viking invasions which took place between the 9th century and the Norman Conquest. Old Norse was closely related to Old English, and extensive borrowing took place in all areas of language, including vocabulary, place names, and personal names. Unusually, part of the grammatical system of English was also affected, with the Old Norse personal pronouns 'they', 'them', and 'their' ousting the Old English forms. In contrast to loan words from Latin and French in English which tend to be of a higher register with several syllables, Norse contributed everyday, general words like leg, sky, skirt, and cake. Some of the most common verbs in English came from Old Norse, such as get and give. One borrowing which describes a unique part of Scandinavian culture is saga. Literally 'narrative', a saga is a story written in Iceland in the Middle Ages recounting the adventures of a hero or the history of a family. The term is also applied to modern literature which has some of the characteristics of a saga, particularly a novel or series of novels depicting a family over several generations. Those describing the English middle classes have humorously been tagged Aga sagas. Informally, saga can also mean any story stretching over a long period, or the recounting of a long, boring, involved story, e.g. the continuing saga of the leadership contest.
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Thesaurus for Norse from the Collins English Thesaurus
Norse means belonging or relating to Scandinavian countries in medieval times.