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[eth-uh l-burt]
  1. a.d. 552?–616, king of Kent 560–616.
  2. a male given name: from Old English words meaning “noble” and “bright.”
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Historical Examples of ethelbert

  • Ethelbert may have given the endowment of Tillingham in Essex.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul

    Arthur Dimock

  • "That's my uncle Ethelbert's dachshund," he remarked, at the beginning of the lecture.


    Booth Tarkington

  • Also king Ethelbert builded the church of saint Andrews in Rochester.

  • Both of these are assigned to the same decade as that of King Ethelbert.

  • At the first Christmas festival Ethelbert and 10,000 of his subjects were baptised.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick

British Dictionary definitions for ethelbert


thelbert (ˈæθəlˌbɜːt)

  1. Saint. ?552–616 ad, king of Kent (560–616): converted to Christianity by St Augustine; issued the earliest known code of English laws. Feast day: Feb 24 or 25
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Word Origin and History for ethelbert


Anglo-Saxon masc. proper name, Old English Æðelbryht, literally "nobility-bright;" see atheling + bright (adj.).

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