- the members of the national council or witenagemot.
- (used with a singular verb) the witenagemot.
Origin of witan
1800–10; Modern English < Old English, plural of wita one who knows, councilor; akin to wit2
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Examples from the Web for witan
Their power in the national assembly of the Witan had decided the choice of kings.
But it was absolutely necessary to prove them before the Witan 293.
But not a word is said as to any inadequate number in the Witan.
He, too, first took refuge in the Weald when deposed by his witan.England of My Heart--Spring
Then they too yielded, and the Witan of all England took Swegen as their king.A History of 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
Old English witan, plural of wita wise man; see wit ², witness
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