Witan meaning

wĭt'än
The council of an Anglo-Saxon king.
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The members of the witenagemot in Anglo-Saxon England.
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The witenagemot.
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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)

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The members of such an assembly.
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Origin of witan

  • Old English pl. of wita councilor witenagemot
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English witan, plural of wita (“wise man"), or more literally "men of wit", "wits".
    From Wiktionary