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[ath-uh l-stan]
  1. a.d. 895?–940, king of England 925–940.
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Historical Examples

  • To the monastery he had founded Athelstan presented some reputed relics of the saint.


    Sidney Heath

  • I enclose a letter from Athelstan Riley; it will interest you.

  • Athelstan succeeds to the throne of Wessex and its dependencies.

  • The form "Kent-shire" is, however, found in a record of the time of Athelstan.


    Francis A. Knight

  • Athelstan, with a powerful army, marched to the North and encamped at Brunanburgh.

    Yorkshire Battles

    Edward Lamplough

British Dictionary definitions for athelstan


  1. ?895–939 ad, king of Wessex and Mercia (924–939 ad), who extended his kingdom to include most of England
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Word Origin and History for athelstan


masc. proper name, Old English Æðelstane, literally "noble stone;" see atheling + stone (n.).

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