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  1. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like: He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.

  2. a person held in bondage or slavery.

  1. the condition of being in the power of something or someone; a state of subjugation or rapt absorption: We will receive no help from the media, who are for the most part in thrall to the political establishment.

verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.

  1. Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.

Origin of thrall

First recorded before 950; Middle English thral, thral(l)e, threl(l)e, Old English thrǣl “bondman, slave, servant, thrall,” from Old Norse thrǣll “slave, servant”

Other words from thrall

  • un·thralled, adjective

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How to use thrall in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thrall


/ (θrɔːl) /

  1. Also called: thraldom, (US) thralldom (ˈθrɔːldəm) the state or condition of being in the power of another person

  2. a person who is in such a state

  1. a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc

  1. (tr) to enslave or dominate

Origin of thrall

Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll

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