Wapentake definitions

wŏp'ən-tāk', wăp'-
A historical subdivision of some northern counties in England, corresponding roughly to the hundred in other shires.
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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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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)