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atheling

or aeth·el·ing

[ ath-uh-ling, ath- ]
/ ˈæθ ə lɪŋ, ˈæð- /
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noun Early English History.

a man of royal blood; a prince.

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Origin of atheling

First recorded 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 noun suffix; see -ing3
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British Dictionary definitions for atheling

atheling
/ (ˈæθɪlɪŋ) /

noun

(in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties

Word Origin for atheling

Old English ætheling, from æthelu noble family + -ing ³; related to Old High German adaling, Old Norse öthlingr
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