witenagemot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English witena ġemōt.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈwɪtənəɡɪˌməʊt/

Noun[edit]

witenagemot (plural witenagemots)

  1. Any assembly, parliament or discursive gathering.
  2. (history) The assembly of the Anglo-Saxon national council.
    • 1851, John Lingard, The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church, J Murphy, page 102:
      To this study was necessarily added that of the ecclesiastical canons; and the knowledge of each must have given the clergy a great superiority, both as legislators in the witenagemot, and as magistrates in the different courts, at which it was their duty to attend.