wapentake


wa·pen·take

noun \ˈwa-pən-ˌtāk, ˈwä-\

Definition of WAPENTAKE

:  a subdivision of some English shires corresponding to a hundred

Origin of WAPENTAKE

Middle English, from Old English ̄pentæc, 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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