Definition of saga in English:

saga

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɑːgə
 
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noun

  • 1A long story of heroic achievement, especially a medieval prose narrative in Old Norse or Old Icelandic: a figure straight out of a Viking saga
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    • Okpewho apparently wishes to treat his narratives as a form of heroic recitation similar to the epics and heroic sagas that have been recorded elsewhere on the continent, despite the generic differences described above.
    • Such verses are preserved mainly in the kings' sagas; many ‘lausavísur’ or occasional verses, and some love poetry are included in the narratives of family sagas.
    • The ancient sagas of Snorri Sturluson are well-known among medieval literary scholars.
    Synonyms
    epic, chronicle, legend, folk tale, romance, traditional story, history, narrative, adventure, fairy story, myth; French roman-fleuve
  • 2A long, involved story, account, or series of incidents: launching into the saga of her engagement
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    • And so began a saga that involved the Rail Regulator and the Rail Passenger Committee.
    • Later she was described as the only sane person in the whole saga.
    • An account of the sorry saga appeared in a Think Secret scoop last week.
    Synonyms
    rigmarole, story, lengthy story/statement/explanation; chain of events, catalogue of disasters
    informal spiel, palaver

Origin

early 18th century: from Old Norse, literally 'narrative'; related to saw3.

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