Witan Definition

wĭtän
noun
The council of an Anglo-Saxon king.
Webster's New World
The witenagemot.
American Heritage

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)
Wiktionary
The members of such an assembly.
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Other Word Forms of Witan

Noun

Singular:
witan
Plural:
witans

Origin of Witan

  • From Old English witan, plural of wita (“wise man"), or more literally "men of wit", "wits".

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English pl. of wita councilor witenagemot

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

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