noun \ˈthān\

Definition of THANE

:  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
:  a Scottish feudal lord
thane·ship \-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

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


geographical name Tha·ne \ˈtä-nə\

Definition of THANE

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


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