- 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.
- Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.
- Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.
Origin of thrall
Examples from the Web for thralling
Miraculously, over-night, the shabby wall had blossomed into thralling splendor.Back Home
He was no longer unknown; he had emerged, freed himself from the thralling oblivion of the mass.Stover at Yale
In waking and sleeping hours Madeline Hammond could not release herself from the thralling memory of that tragedy.The Light of Western Stars
- 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 and History for thralling
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").