Definition of thwaite in English:

thwaite

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Pronunciation: /θweɪt
 
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noun

[in place names]
  • A piece of wild land cleared or reclaimed for cultivation: Bassenthwaite
    More example sentences
    • The lesser topographical names like thorpe, and in Norwegian-dominated areas thwaite, were marginal settlements and clearings.
    • It is full of fells and pikes, dales and thwaites, all old Viking words which are preserved here but not used widely elsewhere.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse thveit, thveiti 'paddock', literally 'cut piece'.

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