[wit-n, -ahn]

noun Early English History.

the members of the national council or witenagemot.
(used with a singular verb) the witenagemot.

Nearby words

  1. wisteria,
  2. wistful,
  3. wistfully,
  4. wisła,
  5. wit,
  6. witblits,
  7. witch,
  8. witch alder,
  9. witch ball,
  10. witch doctor

Origin of witan

1800–10; Modern English < Old English, plural of wita one who knows, councilor; akin to wit2

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noun (in Anglo-Saxon England)

an assembly of higher ecclesiastics and important laymen, including king's thegns, that met to counsel the king on matters such as judicial problems
the members of this assembly
Also: witenagemot

Word Origin for witan

Old English witan, plural of wita wise man; see wit ², witness

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