Pronunciation: (sig'frēd, sēg'-; Ger. zēk'frēt),[key] —n. 1. (in the Nibelungenlied) the son of Sigmund and Sieglinde and the husband of Kriemhild. He kills the dragon Fafnir, acquires the treasure of the Nibelungs, wins Brünnhilde for Gunther, and is finally killed by Hagen at the behest of Brünnhilde, whom he had once promised to marry: corresponds to the Sigurd of the Volsunga Saga. Cf. Brünnhilde (def. 1).
2. See Ring of the Nibelung. 3. a male given name.