[ thrawl ]
/ θrɔl /


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.


Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.


Origin of thrall

before 950; Middle English; Old English thrǣl < Old Norse thrǣll slave

Related forms

un·thralled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thrall


/ (θrɔːl) /


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


(tr) to enslave or dominate

Word Origin for thrall

Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll
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