dreng

noun
variants: or less commonly drengh \ ˈdreŋ \
plural -s

Definition of dreng

old English law
: a free tenant especially in ancient Northumbria who held under a partly military and partly servile form of tenure antedating the Norman conquest

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History and Etymology for dreng

Middle English dreng, dring, from Old English dreng warrior, from Old Norse drengr young man, valiant man; akin to Middle Irish dringid he steps, Russian derzhat' to hold, Latin firmus firm

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“Dreng.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreng. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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