athel

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæθəl/, /ˈeɪθəl/

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English athel, ethel, hathel (noble; 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 Saterland Frisian eedel, West Frisian eal, Dutch edel, German edel. Middle English form hathel due to conflation with Old English hæleþ (hero). See heleth.

Adjective[edit]

athel (comparative more athel, superlative most athel)

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

athel (plural athels)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic أَثَل(ʾaṯal)

Noun[edit]

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.
  1. A discrimination of originality and nobility ( الأصيل)

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