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
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of witenagemot was before the 12th century

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“Witenagemot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witenagemot. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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