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Meaning of THANE

Pronunciation:  theyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo Saxon England especially one who gave military serve in exchange for land
  2. [n]  a feudal lord or baron in Scotland

THANE is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: citizen, Lord, noble, nobleman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Thane\ (th[=a]n), n. [OE. thein, [thorn]ein, AS.
[thorn]egen, [thorn]egn; akin to OHG. degan a follower,
warrior, boy, MHG. degen a hero, G. degen hero, soldier,
Icel. [thorn]egn a thane, a freeman; probably akin to Gr.
te`knon a child, ti`ktein to bear, beget, or perhaps to Goth.
[thorn]ius servant, AS. [thorn]e['o]w, 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.

Note: Among the ancient Scots, thane was a title of honor,
      which seems gradually to have declined in its
      significance. --Jamieson.