thane
noun Etymology: Middle English theyn, from Old English thegn; akin to Old High German thegan thane and perhaps to Greek tiktein to bear, beget Date: before 12th century 1. a free retainer of an Anglo-Saxon lord; especially one resembling a feudal baron by holding lands of and performing military service for the king 2. a Scottish feudal lord • thaneship noun

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  • thane — [ tan ] n. m. • 1765; thain ou than 1740; mot angl., a. angl. thegn « soldat, héros », a. teuton thegno, du gr. teknos « enfant » ♦ Hist. En Écosse, Titre que le roi accordait à certains nobles, à certains hommes d armes, et qui, plus tard, fut… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Thane — Thane …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Thane — (th[=a]n), n. [OE. thein, [thorn]ein, AS. [thorn]egen, [thorn]egn; akin to OHG. degan a follower, warrior, boy, MHG. degen a hero, G. degen hero, soldier, Icel. [thorn]egn a thane, a freeman; probably akin to Gr. te knon a child, ti ktein to bear …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thane — O.E. þegn military follower, also servant, attendant, from P.Gmc. *thegnas (Cf. O.S. thegan follower, warrior, boy, O.N. þegn thane, freeman, O.H.G. thegan, Ger. Degen thane, warrior, hero ), from PIE *tek no (Cf. Skt. takman descendant, child …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thane — Thane, Mehrzahl von Than (s.d.); daher Thaneland, bei den Angelsachsen so v.w. Herrengut …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Thane — Thane, vom angelsächsischen Thegene, ursprünglich die Dienstmannen des königl. Geleites, später gleichbedeutend mit Barone; in Schottland wurde der Titel T. durch Earl verdrängt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Thane — Thane,   Thana, Stadt im Bundesstaat Maharashtra, im Westen Indiens, nordöstlich von Bombay, 796 600 Einwohner; vorwiegend Wohnvorort von Bombay; chemische, Textilindustrie …   Universal-Lexikon

  • thane — [θeın] n a man who fought for the King but was below the rank of a ↑knight in early English history …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thane — [ θeın ] noun count in English history, a man who was given land in exchange for fighting for the king or another important person …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thane — ► NOUN 1) (in Anglo Saxon England) a man granted land by the king or a nobleman, ranking between a freeman and a hereditary noble. 2) (in Scotland) a man who held land from a Scottish king and ranked with an earl s son. ORIGIN Old English,… …   English terms dictionary

  • thane — [thān] n. [ME thayne < OE thegen, akin to ON thegn < IE base * tek , to engender, beget > Sans takman , child: basic sense “freeborn man”] 1. in early England, a member of a class of freemen who held land of the king or a lord in return… …   English World dictionary

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