- a man of royal blood; a prince.
Origin of atheling
Examples from the Web for atheling
Historical Examples of atheling
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.
Nor was this all: in London, there had already formed a cabal in favour of the Atheling.
"Whom thou thinkest a nithing, O friend," answered the Atheling.Wulnoth the Wanderer
Edgar the Atheling, his claim to the throne supported by London, i, 31.London and the Kingdom - Volume III
Reginald R. Sharpe
- (in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
Word Origin for atheling
"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).