See also: thegn

Icelandic

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Etymology

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From Old Norse þegn, from Proto-Germanic *þegnaz. Cognate with English thane, German Degen.

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Noun

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þegn m (genitive singular þegns, nominative plural þegnar)

  1. servant, subject
  2. thane

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Middle English

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Noun

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þegn

  1. (Early Middle English) Alternative form of theyn

Old English

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Proto-West Germanic *þegn.

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Noun

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þeġn m

  1. servant
  2. (poetic) man, warrior, hero
  3. officer
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "Saint Sebastian, Martyr"
      Þa wurdon hi ealle þurh þæt wundor ablicgede and þæs þægnes gebedda ðe þa gebroþra heold wæs for six gearum for swiðlicre untrumnysse...
      Then they were all astonished at that miracle; and the wife of the officer, who had charge of the brothers, for six years, through a severe sickness...

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Old Norse

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Etymology

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From Proto-Germanic *þegnaz.

Noun

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þegn m

  1. thane, franklin, freeman, man
  2. a good (liberal) man
  3. liegeman, subject

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References

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  • þegn in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.