Thane meaning

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In early England, a member of a class of freemen who held land of the king or a lord in return for military services.
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A feudal lord or baron in Scotland.
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A city of west-central India, a manufacturing suburb of Mumbai.
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In early Scotland, a person of rank, often a clan chief, who held land of the king.
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(historical) A rank of nobility in pre-Norman England, roughly equivalent to baron.
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Neath, 'neath, Neath.
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A large city in India, in the state of Maharashtra.
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Origin of thane

  • Middle English from Old English thegn tek- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English þeÄ¡en, þegn, from Proto-Germanic *þegnaz (“man, warrior"), from Proto-Indo-European *teke-, *give birth; compare Dutch degen, German Degen, Icelandic þegn.
    From Wiktionary