Definition of Thane

1. Noun. A feudal lord or baron.

Geographical relationships: Scotland
Generic synonyms: Lord, Noble, Nobleman
Derivative terms: Thaneship



2. Noun. A man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land).
Generic synonyms: Citizen
Derivative terms: Thaneship

Definition of Thane

1. n. A dignitary under the Anglo-Saxons and Danes in England. Of these there were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Conquest, this title was disused, and baron took its place.

Definition of Thane

1. Proper noun. A large city in India, in the state of Maharashtra. ¹

2. Noun. in Anglo-Saxon England, a man holding lands from the king, or from a superior in rank. There were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Norman Conquest, this title was no longer used, and baron took its place. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thane

1. a man holding land by military service in Anglo-Saxon England [n -S]

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Literary usage of Thane

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1. History of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1899)
"The first text of the Saxon laws which may appear to have such a meaning is in those of Alfred. " If any one accuse a king's thane of homicide, ..."

2. The English Village Community Examined in Its Relations to the Manorial and by Frederic Seebohm (1905)
"This important document is therefore a general description of the services due from the thane to the king, and from the classes in ..."

3. Archaeologia: Or, Miscellaneous Tracts, Relating to Antiquity.. by Society of Antiquaries of London (1789)
"Remarks on the title of thane and ... fome remarks on the title of thane in Scotland, and the authority that was annexed to that moft antient and honourable ..."

4. The English Village Community Examined in Its Relations to the Manorial and by Frederic Seebohm (1896)
"The lord's demesne land was called the ' thane's inland.' So, too, in a law of King Edgar's already quoted, the tithes are ordered to be paid ' as well on ..."

5. A Compendious Anglo-Saxon and English Dictionary by Joseph Bosworth (1865)
"A thane.nobleman,the Lord of a Manor, who had power from the Crown of ... A king's thane, an Anglo-Saxon nobleman, was inferior in rank to an eorl and ..."

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