atheling

noun
ath·​e·​ling | \ ˈa-thə-liŋ How to pronounce atheling (audio) , -t͟hə- How to pronounce atheling (audio) \

Definition of atheling

: an Anglo-Saxon prince or nobleman especially : the heir apparent or a prince of the royal family

First Known Use of atheling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atheling

Middle English, from Old English ætheling, from æthelu nobility, akin to Old High German adal nobility

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“Atheling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atheling. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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