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wapentake

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noun wa·pen·take \ˈwa-pən-ˌtāk, ˈwä-\

Definition of wapentake

  1. :  a subdivision of some English shires corresponding to a hundred



Origin of wapentake

Middle English, from Old English wǣpentæc, from Old Norse vāpnatak act of grasping weapons, from vāpn weapon + tak act of grasping, from taka to take; probably from the brandishing of weapons as an expression of approval when the chief of the wapentake entered upon his office — more at weapon, take


First Known Use: before 12th century


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