An example of a saga is a long war novel such as War and Peace.
- a medieval Icelandic or Scandinavian prose narrative dealing with the heroic exploits of legendary and historical kings and warriors or with the traditional history of an important family
- any long story of adventure or heroic deeds
- roman-fleuvein full saga novel
Origin of sagaON, thing said, tale, story, akin to Old English sagu (from source saw): see say
- a. A prose narrative usually written in Iceland between 1120 and 1400, dealing with the families that first settled Iceland and their descendants, with the histories of the kings of Norway, and with the myths and legends of early Germanic gods and heroes.b. A modern prose narrative that resembles a saga.
- A long detailed report: recounted the saga of their family problems.
Origin of sagaOld Norse; see sekw-3 in Indo-European roots.
From Old Norse saga (“epic tale, story"), from Proto-Germanic *sagÇ (“saying, story"), from Proto-Indo-European *sekÊ·e-, *skÊ·Ä“- (“to tell, talk"). Cognate with Old English sagu (“story, tale, statement"), Old High German saga (“an assertion, narrative, sermon, pronouncement"), Icelandic saga (“story, tale, history"). More at saw, say.