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atheling

[ath-uh-ling, ath -] /ˈæθ ə lɪŋ, ˈæð-/
noun, Early English History
1.
a man of royal blood; a prince.
Origin
1000
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/
noun
1.
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
Word Origin
Old English ætheling, from æthelu noble family + -ing³; related to Old High German adaling, Old Norse öthlingr
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Word Origin and History for atheling
n.

"member of a noble family," Old English æðling, from æðel "noble family," related to Old English æðele "noble," from Proto-Germanic *athala-, from PIE *at-al- "race, family," from *at(i)- "over, beyond, super" + *al- "to nourish." With suffix -ing "belonging to." A common Germanic word (cf. Old Saxon ediling, Old Frisian etheling, Old High German adaling).

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