Origin of witanOE, plural of wita, one who knows, wise man, councilor ; from witan, to know: see wise
- The members of the witenagemot in Anglo-Saxon England.
- The witenagemot.
Origin of witanOld English, pl. of wita, councilor; see witenagemot.
- The Anglo-Saxon national council or witenagemot.
- 1833, But in estimating the powers of the witan, we must not lose sight of the fact, that the king sometimes assumes a tone of superiority scarcely consistent with its independence. "” SA Dunham, Europe in the Middle Ages (Green & Longman, p.48)
- The members of such an assembly.