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From Middle English hird, from Old English hīrēd, hīrēde, variants of earlier hīrǣden (family, household), from Proto-Germanic *hīwarēdaz (relationship; family), equivalent to hewe +‎ -red. Cognate with German Heirat (wedding).

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hird (plural hirds)

  1. (historical) In Norwegian history, an informal retinue of personal armed companions, hirdmen or housecarls.
  2. By extension, the formal royal court household.

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hird

  1. An informal retinue of personal armed companions.
  2. By extension, the formal royal court household.