thane

noun
\ˈthān \

Definition of thane 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a free retainer of an Anglo-Saxon lord especially : one resembling a feudal baron by holding lands of and performing military service for the king

2 : a Scottish feudal lord

Thane

geographical name
Tha·​ne | \ˈtä-nə \

Definition of Thane (Entry 2 of 2)

town in the state of Maharashtra, western India, north-northeast of Mumbai population 1,841,500

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Other Words from thane

Noun

thaneship \ ˈthān-​ˌship \ noun

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Fahey's swaggering thane falls apart easily once unmoored from his previous stance as a noble defender of Jack Hickey's Duncan. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "First Folio delivers a 'Macbeth' to the fates and the night sky," 26 June 2017 It was settled 1,000 years ago, give or take, when the king gave land to one of his thanes, Earl Aelfheah. Jennifer Moses, New York Times, "Travel Dispatch Newsletter," 7 July 2016

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First Known Use of thane

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thane

Noun

Middle English theyn, from Old English thegn; akin to Old High German thegan thane and perhaps to Greek tiktein to bear, beget

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