atheling

atheling

[ath-uh-ling, ath-]
noun Early English History.
a man of royal blood; a prince.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ætheling (cognate with Old High German ediling, adalung, Old Saxon ethiling), equivalent to æthel(u) noble family (cognate with Old High German adoul, German Adel, Old Saxon athal(i), Old Norse athal nature; akin to Tocharian atäl man) + -ing -ing3

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atheling (ˈæθɪlɪŋ)
 
n
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
 
[Old English ætheling, from æthelu noble family + -ing³; related to Old High German adaling, Old Norse öthlingr]

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atheling
"member of a noble family," O.E. æðling, from æðel "noble family" + -ing "belonging to." A common Gmc. word (cf. O.S. ediling, O.Fris. etheling, O.H.G. adaling).
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