As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. the standard-bearer, Þorst. Siðu H. 170, Eg. 52, Nj. 136: in later times it was a post of high rank at the king’s court, stallari eða m., Gþl. 365, Bs. i. 712; whence it came to mean a man of mark, a distinguished person, Ld, 10, Eg. 36, Fs. 20, 161: hverir merkis-menn biskuparnir hafa verit, Bs. i. 59.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛁᚱᚴᛁᛋ-ᛘᛅᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Egils Saga. (D. II.)
- Forn-sögur. (D. II.)
- Gulaþings-lög. (B. II.)
- Njála. (D. II.)
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This headword also appears in dictionaries of other languages descending from Old Norse.