Definition of atheling
: an Anglo-Saxon prince or nobleman; especially : the heir apparent or a prince of the royal family
Origin of atheling
Middle English, from Old English ætheling, from æthelu nobility, akin to Old High German adal nobility
First Known Use: before 12th century
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