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witan

[wit-n, -ahn] /ˈwɪt n, -ɑn/
noun, Early English History
1.
the members of the national council or witenagemot.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the witenagemot.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; Modern English < Old English, plural of wita one who knows, councilor; akin to wit2
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British Dictionary definitions for witan

witan

/ˈwɪtən/
noun (in Anglo-Saxon England)
1.
an assembly of higher ecclesiastics and important laymen, including king's thegns, that met to counsel the king on matters such as judicial problems
2.
the members of this assembly
Also witenagemot
Word Origin
Old English witan, plural of wita wise man; see wit², witness
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