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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


thanë

thanë

See also: thane, Thane, and þane

Albanian

Noun

thanë f

  1. cranberry shrub
  2. cornel