gisel

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gīslaz, perhaps related to Old Irish giall (hostage). Cognate with Old Saxon gīsal, Middle Dutch gisel (Dutch gijzelaar), Old High German gīsal (German Geisel), Old Norse gísl.

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Noun[edit]

gīsel m

  1. a hostage
    He him aðas swor and gislas salde: he swore oaths to them and gave them hostages. (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle)