Definition of thane
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
thaneshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
Recent Examples of thane from the Web
Fahey's swaggering thane falls apart easily once unmoored from his previous stance as a noble defender of Jack Hickey's Duncan.
It was settled 1,000 years ago, give or take, when the king gave land to one of his thanes, Earl Aelfheah.
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Origin and Etymology of thane
Middle English theyn, from Old English thegn; akin to Old High German thegan thane and perhaps to Greek tiktein to bear, beget
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Thane
town in the state of Maharashtra, western India, north-northeast of Bombay population 1,841,500
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: town in India
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