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Etymology 1[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.


athel ‎(comparative more athel, superlative most athel)

  1. (obsolete or Britain dialectal) Noble; illustrious
Derived terms[edit]


athel ‎(plural athels)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic أثل


athel ‎(plural athels)

  1. A kind of tamarisk native to northern Africa and the Middle East, Tamarix aphylla , planted widely elsewhere as a shade tree and a windbreak due to its tolerance of heat and of alkaline soils, but tending to become invasive outside of its native range.