thrall

[ thrawl ]
/ θrɔl /

noun

a person who is in bondage; slave.
a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like: He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.
slavery; thralldom.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.

adjective

Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.

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Origin of thrall

before 950; Middle English; Old English thrǣl < Old Norse thrǣll slave
Related formsun·thralled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thrall

thrall

/ (θrɔːl) /

noun

Also called: thraldom, (US) thralldom (ˈθrɔːldəm) the state or condition of being in the power of another person
a person who is in such a state
a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc

verb

(tr) to enslave or dominate

Word Origin for thrall

Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll
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Word Origin and History for thrall

thrall


n.

Old English þræl "bondman, serf, slave," from Old Norse þræll "slave, servant," probably from Proto-Germanic *thrakhilaz, literally "runner," from root *threh- "to run" (cf. Old High German dregil "servant," properly "runner;" Old English þrægan, Gothic þragjan "to run").

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