þegen

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From Proto-Germanic *þegnaz (man, warrior), from Proto-Indo-European *teke- (give birth). Cognate with Old Saxon þegan (man) (Dutch degen), Old High German degan (boy, servant, hero) (German Degen (warrior)), Old Norse þegn (freeman); and, from Indo-European, with Ancient Greek τέκνον (téknon, child).

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þeġen m

  1. servant
  2. one serving a particular office: officer, minister; soldier
  3. retainer
  4. one in service to the king or other superior; thane (in later use suggesting an official title or rank)
  5. (poetic) man, warrior, hero

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