athel

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • athil, athill, hathill, hathel
  • aethel, æthel

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

athel (comparative more athel, superlative most athel)

  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal) Noble; illustrious

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

athel (plural athels)

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

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Last modified on 9 April 2014, at 14:19