cempa

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kampijô. Cognate with West Frisian kempa, Old Saxon kempio.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cempa m (nominative plural cempan)

  1. champion; warrior
    • c. 1000, Anonymous, Beowulf, Lines 1311-1312
      sigorēadig secg. Samod ǣrdæge
      ēode eorla sum, æþele cempa [...]
      The victory-blest hero. At dawn of day
      Went one of earls, the noble warrior [...] — J. Garnett, 1912

Descendants[edit]

  • English: Kemp (surname)