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thrall

noun \ ˈthrȯl \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of thrall

1 a : a state of servitude or submission
  • in thrall to his emotions
b : a state of complete absorption
  • mountains could hold me in thrall with a subtle attraction of their own
  • —Elyne Mitchell
2 a : a servant slave : bondman; also : serf
b : a person in moral or mental servitude

thrall

adjective

thralldom

or thraldom play \ˈthrȯl-dəm\ noun

Examples of thrall in a Sentence

  1. I'm not your thrall, so you'll have to pick up after yourself.

  2. a people who still bear the scars of having been in thrall for so many years

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Origin and Etymology of thrall

Middle English thral, from Old English thræl, from Old Norse thræll

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thrall

verb

Definition of thrall

thralled; thralling; thralls
archaic

First Known Use of thrall

13th century

in the meaning defined above

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