Definition of thanage in English:



mass nounhistorical
  • The tenure, land, and rank granted to a thane.

    • ‘There is convincing evidence that Akeld was the centre of a pre-Conquest thanage which also embraced the contiguous townships of Coupland and Yeavering.’
    • ‘Salford itself was Royal Demesne as was the sub-manor of Radcliffe and there were 21 sub-manors in thanage.’
    • ‘The town and the surrounding land was part of the old thanage of Glendonachie.’
    • ‘The lands of Arbuthnott from which the family takes its name originally formed part of a Celtic thanage.’
    • ‘The tower portion was built about 1420 by Sir Walter Innes, whose father had married Janet de Aberkerder, heiress to the thanage.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French (see thane, -age).