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Webster 1913 Edition


Thane

Thane

(thān)
,
Noun.
[OE.
thein
,
þein
, AS.
þegen
,
þegn
; akin to OHG.
degan
a follower, warrior, boy, MHG.
degen
a hero, G.
degen
hero, soldier, Icel.
þegn
a thane, a freeman; probably akin to Gr.
τέκνον
a child,
τίκτειν
to bear, beget, or perhaps to Goth.
þius
servant, AS.
þeów
, G.
dienen
to serve.]
A dignitary under the Anglo-Saxons and Danes in England. Of these there were two orders, the king’s thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Conquest, this title was disused, and
baron
took its place.
☞ Among the ancient Scots,
thane
was a title of honor, which seems gradually to have declined in its significance.
Jamieson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Thane

THANE

,
Noun.
The thanes in England were formerly persons of some dignity; of these there were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the Saxon and Danish kings in their courts, and held lands immediately of them; and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors, and who had a particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the conquest, this title was disused, and baron took its place.

Definition 2022


Thane

Thane

See also: thane, thanë, and þane

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Thane

  1. A large city in India, in the state of Maharashtra.

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thane

thane

See also: Thane, thanë, and þane

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thane (plural thanes)

  1. (historical) A rank of nobility in pre-Norman England, roughly equivalent to baron.[1]
    • 1845, Johann Martin Lappenberg, Benjamin Thorpe (translator), A History of England under the Anglo-Saxon Kings, 2004, page 317,
      The Anglo-Saxon thanes were in all respects the predecessors of the Norman barons.
      The title of thane seems to have supplanted that of gesith, which appears only in the earner Anglo-Saxon laws, a denomination that may originally have designated the attendants or companions of the king, and whose wergild being triple that of the simple freeman, were, therefore, denominated not only gesithcund men, but six-hynde men.
    • 1910, Robert A. Thompson, The People's History of England, Walter Scott Publishing, New York,
      The little island of Iona became the refuge of the sons and some thanes of Athelfrith, banished by Edwin.
    • 2000, Wulfstan, Robert Boenig (editor and translator), Sermo Lupi ad Anglos, Anglo-Saxon Spirituality: Selected Writings, page 144,
      Although some serfs escape from their lord and turn away from Christendom to the Vikings and after this it happens that the clash of swords becomes common to thane and serf, if the serf utterly kills the thane, he lies unpaid by all of the serf's kin.

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  1. "thane", entry in 1852, Putnam's Home Cyclopedia: Hand-Book of Literature and the Fine Arts, p594 — The thanes in England were formerly persons of some dignity; there were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. [] After the [Norman] Conquest, this title was disused, and baron took its place.