one of the Scandinavian seagoing peoples that raided the northwestern European coast in the 8th-10th centuries
\vi"king\ (?), n. [icel. vīkingr, fr. vīk a bay, inlet.] one belonging to the pirate crews from among the northmen, who plundered the coasts of europe in the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries. of grim vikings, and the rapture of the sea fight, and the capture, and the life of slavery.
note: vikings differs in meaning from sea king, with which frequently confounded. "the sea king was a man connected with a royal race, either of the small kings of the country, or of the haarfager family, and who, by right, received the title of king as soon he took the command of men, although only of a single ship's crew, and without having any land or kingdom vikings were merely pirates, alternately peasants and pirates, deriving the name of viking from the vicks, wicks, or inlets, on the coast in which they harbored with their long ships or rowing galleys." --laing.viking
n : any of the scandinavian people who raided the coasts of europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries [syn: viking]
Vikings (from Old Norse ) are the people of the Norse culture, during the Viking Age. They were a seafaring people of north Germanic descent, based in Scandinavia, who raided, traded, explored, and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic islands, from the late 8th to the mid-11th centuries. The Vikings employed wooden longships with wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation in rough seas or in shallow river waters. The ships could be landed on beaches, and their light weight enabled them to be hauled over portages. These versatile ships allowed the Vikings to settle and travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Nekor. This period of Viking expansion, known as the Viking Age, constitutes an important element of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, and the rest of Europe.
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1. any of the Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries
(hypernym) Scandinavian, Norse, Northman
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One belonging to the pirate crews from among the Northmen, who plundered the coasts of Europe in the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries.
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