Definition of witan in English:

witan

noun

  • another term for witenagemot
    • ‘Administrative institutions such as kin, hundred, borough, and witan figure prominently, as do feast, fast day, religiosity, and language.’
    • ‘Succession to the throne was not guaranteed as the witan, or council of leaders, had the right to choose the best successor from the members of the royal house.’
    • ‘In a general sense, Parliament may be traced back to the Saxon witan and the Norman Council, each of which included the chief men of the realm, lay and clerical.’

Origin

Representing the Old English plural of wita ‘wise man’.

Pronunciation

witan

/ˈwɪtən/