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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About witenagemot

Time Traveler for witenagemot

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for witenagemot

Cite this Entry

“Witenagemot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witenagemot. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on witenagemot

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about witenagemot

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!