Definition of atheling in English:

atheling

noun

historical
  • A prince or lord in Anglo-Saxon England.

    • ‘A council called the Witan elected who they considered the best from a group of powerful men (the athelings).’
    • ‘They provide the basis on which it is possible, in conjunction with other sources, to reconstruct the individual careers of kings, queens, athelings, archbishops, bishops, abbots, royal priests, and thegns.’
    • ‘The lust for vengeance would be strong indeed, for Gyric was not only the son of a powerful Lord but an atheling to the King.’

Origin

Old English ætheling, of West Germanic origin, from a base meaning race, family.

Pronunciation:

atheling

/ˈaθ(ə)lɪŋ/