- Literary a slave or bondman
- a person under the moral or psychological domination of someone or something
- the condition of being enslaved or dominated, often in a psychological way; thralldom
Origin of thrallMiddle English thral from Old English thræl from Old Norse thræll from Germanic an unverified form thranhilaz, literally , the constrained one from Indo-European base an unverified form trenk-, to shove, press hard from source throng
- The state of being in the power of another person or under the sway of an influence: “a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce” ( Lewis H. Lapham )
- a. One, such as a slave or serf, who is held in bondage.b. One who is in the power of another or under the sway of an influence.
transitive verbthralled, thrall·ing, thralls Archaic
Origin of thrallMiddle English slave, slavery from Old English thrǣl slave, bondman from Old Norse thrǣll
- thrall′dom thral′dom
(third-person singular simple present thralls, present participle thralling, simple past and past participle thralled)
- To make a thrall.
From Middle English thral, thralle, threl, threlle, from Old English Ã¾rÇ£l (“thrall, slave, servant"), from Old Norse Ã¾rÃ¦ll (“slave") whence the Icelandic Ã¾rÃ¦ll (“slave"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾rahilaz, *Ã¾ragilaz, *Ã¾rigilaz (“runner, gofer, servant"), from Proto-Indo-European *trÄgÊ°- (“to pull, drag, race, run"); according to ODS probably akin to Old High German drigil, servant, to the Gothic ðŒ¸ð‚ðŒ°ðŒ²ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (Ã¾ragjan) and to the Old English Ã¾rÇ£Ä¡an (“to run")