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Meaning of Varangian

Va•ran•gi•an

Pronunciation: (vu-ran'jē-un), [key]
— n.
  1. any of the Northmen who, under Rurik, established a dynasty in Russia in the 9th century.
  2. a member of the bodyguard of the Byzantine emperors, esp. in the 11th and 12th centuries, made up of Northmen, Anglo-Saxons, and other northern Europeans.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to the Varangians.
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