athel

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English athel, hathel (noble", also "nobleman, hero), from Old English æþele (noble, eminent, aristocratic, excellent, famous, glorious, splendid, fine, costly, valuable, vigorous, lusty, young, pleasant, sweet-smelling, natural, congenial, suitable), from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz, *aþaljaz, *aþiluz (noble, of noble birth), from Proto-Indo-European *átta (father). Akin to Old Frisian eþel, Dutch edel, German edel. Middle English form hathel due to conflation with Old English hæleþ (hero). See heleth.

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Adjective[edit]

athel (comparative more athel, superlative most athel)

  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal) Noble; illustrious

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Noun[edit]

athel (plural athels)

  1. (obsolete) A chief or lord.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A prince or noble.

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