Historical in England,
- a subdivision of certain northern counties originally under Norse domination, corresponding to the hundred in other counties
- a law court in such a subdivision
Origin of wapentakeMiddle English ; from Old English wapentac ; from Old Norse vapnatak, literally , a weapon-taking (; from vapn, weapon + tak, a taking, commandeering ; from taka, to take): probably from ceremony in which vassals touched the raised spear of the lord with their own as token of submission
A historical subdivision of some northern counties in England, corresponding roughly to the hundred in other shires.
Origin of wapentakeMiddle English, from Old English wæpengetæc (translation of Old Norse vapnatak, act of taking weapons to indicate assent in an assembly) : wæpen, weapon + -getæc, act of taking (from tacan, to take; see take).
Old English wÇ£penÄ¡etÃ¦c, from Old Norse vÃ¡pnatak, from vÃ¡pn (“weapon") + taka (“take").