One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Anglo-Saxon national council or parliament.Also called witan
- ‘That many of these localities were the sites of regal residences may be inferred from historical evidence which records them as selected for synods, councils, and witenagemots.’
- ‘"A superstition, as it's name imports, is something that has been left over, like unfinished business, from one session of the world's witenagemot to the next."’
- ‘The last act of the witenagemot in England was to choose Harold, Earl of Wessex, as King in 1066, a fatal choice.’
- ‘Since Moholland is back at base in Norfolk, the witenagemot will try to have it delivered by an important person drawn from the field of politics.’
- ‘The witenagemot chose Harold, earl of Wessex, although his only claim to the throne was his availability.’
- ‘A witenagemot was held here in 934.’
Old English, from witena, genitive plural of wita ‘wise man’ + gemōt ‘meeting’ (compare with moot).
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