witenagemot

noun
wi·​te·​na·​ge·​mot | \ ˈwi-tə-nə-gə-ˌmōt How to pronounce witenagemot (audio) , -yə-ˌmōt How to pronounce witenagemot (audio) \
variants: or witenagemote

Definition of witenagemot

: an Anglo-Saxon council made up of a varying number of nobles, prelates, and influential officials and convened from time to time to advise the king on administrative and judicial matters

First Known Use of witenagemot

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for witenagemot

Old English witena gemōt, from witena (genitive plural of wita sage, adviser) + gemōt gemot

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“Witenagemot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witenagemot. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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