- thanet, isle of,
Origin of thane
Examples from the Web for thane
In August 2001, a politician in Thane, the sprawling city northeast of Mumbai, died in the Singhania hospital there.Mumbai on Edge With Shiv Sena Founder Bal Thackeray Ill|Dilip D’Souza|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Thane Creech, too, has his doubts that President Obama can deliver.
"Now I will say no more," answered the thane, putting his hand on mine.King Alfred's Viking|Charles W. Whistler
Now men began to ask who this was, and many voices answered, while the porter went to claim the prize from the thane who held it.Havelok The Dane|Charles Whistler
With an unfamiliarly light tread, Thane stepped over to the window.Evil Out of Onzar|Mark Ganes
Thane was touched by the meekness with which the old gentleman resigned his dream.A Touch Of Sun And Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote
“I will see the fair daughter of the thane,” said the proud king, to whose will even war and the mighty in war did homage.
- a person of rank, often the chief of a clan, holding land from the king
- a lesser noble who was a Crown official holding authority over an area of land
Word Origin for thane
Old English þegn "military follower," also "servant, attendant," from Proto-Germanic *thegnas (cf. Old Saxon thegan "follower, warrior, boy," Old Norse þegn "thane, freeman," Old High German thegan, German Degen "thane, warrior, hero"), from PIE *tek-no- (cf. Sanskrit takman "descendant, child," Greek teknon "child"), from root *tek- "to beget, give birth to" (cf. Greek tekos "child, the young of animals," tokos "childbirth, offspring, produce of money, interest"). Also used in Old English for "disciple of Christ." Specific sense of "man who ranks between an earl and a freeman" is late 15c.
The modern spelling is from Scottish, where early 13c. it came to mean "chief of a clan, king's baron," and it has predominated in English probably due to the influence of "Macbeth;" normal orthographic changes from Old English ðegn would have produced Modern English *thain. Some historians now use thegn to distinguish Anglo-Saxon thanes from Scottish thanes.