Definition of Ethelred in US English:


proper noun

  • 1The name of two English kings.

    1. 1.1 Ethelred I (died 871), king of Wessex and Kent 865–871; elder brother of Alfred. His reign was marked by the continuing struggle against the invading Danes.
    2. 1.2 Ethelred II (c.969–1016), king of England 978–1016; known as Ethelred the Unready. His inability to confront the Danes after he succeeded his murdered half-brother St. Edward the Martyr led to his payment of tribute to prevent their attacks.