æþeling

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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *aþulingaz (prince, nobleman). Equivalent to æþele +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæ.θe.linɡ/, [ˈæ.ðe.liŋɡ]

Noun[edit]

æþeling m (nominative plural æþelingas)

  1. prince
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "Life of St. Edmund"
      Hinguar þā becōm tō Ēastenglum rōwende on þām ġēare þe Ælfred æðeling ān and twēntiġ ġēare wæs, se þe Westseaxena cyning siþþan wearþ mǣre.
      Ivar the Boneless and his ships came to Essex the year that Prince Alfred, who would later become the famed king of Wessex, turned twenty-one.
  2. (poetic) person

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: atheling