witan

witan

[wit-n, -ahn]
noun Early English History.
1.
the members of the national council or witenagemot.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the witenagemot.

Origin:
1800–10; Modern English < Old English, plural of wita one who knows, councilor; akin to wit2

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witan (ˈwɪtən)
 
n
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
 
[Old English witan, plural of wita wise man; see wit², witness]

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