/veuh ran"jee euhn/, n.
1. any of the Northmen who, under Rurik, established a dynasty in Russia in the 9th century.
2. a member of the bodyguard (Varangian guard) of the Byzantine emperors, esp. in the 11th and 12th centuries, made up of Northmen, Anglo-Saxons, and other northern Europeans.
3. of or pertaining to the Varangians.

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