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atheling Syllabification: ath·el·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈaTHəliNG/ /ˈaT͟H-/

Definition of atheling in English:


A prince or lord in Anglo-Saxon England.
Example sentences
  • The lust for vengeance would be strong indeed, for Gyric was not only the son of a powerful Lord but an atheling to the King.
  • A council called the Witan elected who they considered the best from a group of powerful men (the athelings).
  • They provide the basis on which it is possible, in conjunction with other sources, to reconstruct the individual careers of kings, queens, athelings, archbishops, bishops, abbots, royal priests, and thegns.


Old English ætheling, from a base meaning 'race, family'.

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