the tenure by which lands were held by a thane.
the land so held.
the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a thane.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-Latin thanāgium. See thane, -age Unabridged
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thane or thegn (θeɪn)
1.  (in Anglo-Saxon England) a member of an aristocratic class, ranking below an ealdorman, whose status was hereditary and who held land from the king or from another nobleman in return for certain services
2.  in medieval Scotland
 a.  a person of rank, often the chief of a clan, holding land from the king
 b.  a lesser noble who was a Crown official holding authority over an area of land
[Old English thegn; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thegan thane]
thegn or thegn
[Old English thegn; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thegan thane]
thanage or thegn

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