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PIE root

From Middle English drihten, from Old English dryhten ‎(a ruler, king, lord, prince, the supreme ruler, the Lord, God, Christ), from Proto-Germanic *druhtinaz ‎(leader, chief, lord), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrewgʰ- ‎(to hold, hold fast, support), equivalent to dright ‎(army, host) +‎ -en. Cognate with Scots drichtin, drichtine ‎(lord, the Lord), and with Old Frisian drochten ‎(lord), Old Saxon drohtin ‎(lord), Middle High German truhten, trohten ‎(ruler, lord) (dialectal German Trechtin, Trechtein ‎(lord, God)), Danish drot ‎(king), Swedish drott ‎(king, ruler, sovereign), Icelandic dróttinn ‎(hero, ruler, lord), Finnish ruhtinas ‎(sovereign prince). Related also to Old English dryht ‎(a multitude, an army, company, body of retainers, nation, a people, men), Old English ġedryht ‎(fortune, fate), Old English drēogan ‎(to serve in the military, endure). More at dree.


drighten ‎(plural drightens)

  1. A lord; ruler; chief; leader; prince.
    • 2010, Stephan Grundy, Beowulf:
      Believe me, my drighten, there is not one of us that has ever slacked on watch before!
  2. (often capitalized) The Lord; Lord God; Christ.