atheldom

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Etymology[edit]

From athel +‎ -dom. Cognate with Dutch adeldom (nobility).

Noun[edit]

atheldom (plural atheldoms)

  1. (rare) The state or condition of being athel or noble; nobility.
    • 1996, Andrew Phillips, The rebirth of England and English:
      In wishing for an enlightened squirearchy, what Barnes really wanted was the restoration of the patriarchal 'atheldom' or nobility of Saxon 'folk' England - that which had perished at the Battle of Hastings, [...]