Old Norse edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, sacred), whence also Old English hāliġ, Old Frisian hēlich, Old Saxon hēlag, Old High German heilag, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌻𐌰𐌲𐍃 (hailags). Akin to heill +‎ -agr.

Adjective edit

heilagr (comparative helgari, superlative helgastr)

  1. holy
  2. inviolable, sacred

Usage notes edit

This adjective is usually contracted before a vowel, while the root vowel becomes short, yielding another set of possible forms. However, uncontracted forms also tend to appear.

Declension edit

Descendants edit

References edit

  • heilagr”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press