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Ethelred Syllabification: Eth·el·red
Pronunciation: /ˈeTHəlˌred/

Definition of Ethelred in English:

1The name of two English kings.
1.1 Ethelred I (died 871), king of Wessex and Kent 865–871; elder brother of Alfred. His reign was marked by the continuing struggle against the invading Danes.
1.2 Ethelred II (circa 969–1016), king of England 978–1016; known as Ethelred the Unready. His inability to confront the Danes after he succeeded his murdered half-brother St. Edward the Martyr led to his payment of tribute to prevent their attacks.
[Unready, later form of obsolete unredy 'badly advised']
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