One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Old English ætheling, of West Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘race, family’.
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