plural -s
: the chief king in Anglo-Saxon England
used as a title in the Old English Chronicle for several kings said to have held supremacy over kingdoms beyond their own

Word History


Old English bretwalda, brytenwealda, probably from Bryten Britain + -walda, -wealda (from wealdan to rule)

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“Bretwalda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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