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 vāpnatak 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").