Wapentake definition

wŏpən-tāk, wăp-
A historical subdivision of some northern counties in England, corresponding roughly to the hundred in other shires.
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(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.
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An administrative subdivision in northern English counties, developed under Norse influence, and corresponding to hundreds in the rest of England.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wapentake
Plural:
wapentakes

Origin of wapentake

  • Middle 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 take)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English wÇ£penÄ¡etæc, from Old Norse vápnatak, from vápn (“weapon") + taka (“take").

    From Wiktionary