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atheling

[ath-uh-ling, ath -] /ˈæθ ə lɪŋ, ˈæð-/
noun, Early English History.
1.
a man of royal blood; a prince.
Origin of atheling
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ætheling (cognate with Old High German ediling, adalung, Old Saxon ethiling), equivalent to æthel(u) noble family (cognate with Old High German adoul, German Adel, Old Saxon athal(i), Old Norse athal nature; akin to Tocharian atäl man) + -ing -ing3
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  • She was forced to allow that her atheling was winning upon her!

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He sent for his kinsman, the atheling, natural heir to the throne.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Nor was this all: in London, there had already formed a cabal in favour of the atheling.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Whom thou thinkest a nithing, O friend," answered the atheling.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
  • Edgar the atheling, his claim to the throne supported by London, i, 31.

  • Seomel was slain while valorously warding off blows from the atheling.

    The Paladins of Edwin the Great Clements R. Markham
  • She looked at them all, and then her gaze rested on the atheling.

    The Paladins of Edwin the Great Clements R. Markham
  • “And if she is beautiful, that will add to the difficulty,” said Mrs. atheling.

    I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • It suited Piers and me to sit idle and say a word or two about atheling.

    I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Mrs. atheling had heard their approach, and she was at the open door to meet them.

    I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for atheling

atheling

/ˈæθɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
Word Origin
Old English ætheling, from æthelu noble family + -ing³; related to Old High German adaling, Old Norse öthlingr
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Word Origin and History for atheling
n.

"member of a noble family," Old English æðling, from æðel "noble family," related to Old English æðele "noble," from Proto-Germanic *athala-, from PIE *at-al- "race, family," from *at(i)- "over, beyond, super" + *al- "to nourish." With suffix -ing "belonging to." A common Germanic word (cf. Old Saxon ediling, Old Frisian etheling, Old High German adaling).

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