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thane

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noun \ˈthān\

Definition of thane

  1. 1 :  a free retainer of an Anglo-Saxon lord; especially :  one resembling a feudal baron by holding lands of and performing military service for the king

  2. 2 :  a Scottish feudal lord

thane·ship play \-ˌship\ noun


Origin of thane

Middle English theyn, from Old English thegn; akin to Old High German thegan thane and perhaps to Greek tiktein to bear, beget


First Known Use: before 12th century


Thane

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geographical name Tha·ne \ˈtä-nə\

Definition of Thane

  1. town W India in Maharashtra NNE of Bombay pop 1,261,517




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