noun \ˈdān-ˌl\

Definition of DANELAW

:  the law in force in the part of England held by the Danes before the Norman Conquest
:  the part of England under the Danelaw

First Known Use of DANELAW

before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

NE region of Anglo-Saxon England. Colonized by invading Danish armies in the late 9th century AD, it was so named because the form of customary law practiced in the local courts was of Danish origin. Danish place-names still mark the region.


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