See also: Thrall

English

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Pronunciation

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English thral, thralle, threl, threlle, from Old English þrǣl (thrall, slave, servant), from Old Norse þræll (slave), from Proto-Germanic *þrahilaz, *þragilaz, *þrigilaz (runner, gofer, servant), from Proto-Indo-European *trāgʰ- (to pull, drag, race, run); according to ODS probably related to Gothic 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (þragjan), Old English þrǣġan (to run).[1]

Noun

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thrall (countable and uncountable, plural thralls)

  1. One who is enslaved or under mind control.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being under the control of another person.
    in thrall to
    • 1864, Herman Melville, Mardi:
      Go: release him from the thrall of Hautia.
    • 1889, Jerome K. Jerome, chapter 12, in Three Men in a Boat [] [1]:
      [Y]our friend, John Edward, is at the other end of the room with his whole soul held in thrall by photographs of other people's relatives.
    • 1911, Saki, The Easter Egg:
      In her brain she was dimly conscious of balancing, or striving to balance, the abject shame which had him now in thrall against the one compelling act of courage which had flung him grandly and madly on to the point of danger.
    • 2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50”, in The Observer[2]:
      A more enlightened Conservative prime minister, better attuned to the “one nation” tradition of the party of Disraeli and Macmillan, less in thrall to Little Englanders, and less intimidated by the peculiarly vicious and Manichaean worldview of the Daily Mail, would have taken a more consensual approach.
    • 2022 November 16, Paul Salveson, “Labour and transport: the important role of the regions”, in RAIL, number 970, page 31:
      Labour needs to engage positively with the unions on wider policy issues, but not be in thrall with them.
  3. A shelf; a stand for barrels, etc.
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Adjective

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thrall (comparative more thrall, superlative most thrall)

  1. (archaic) Enthralled; captive.
    • 1536, Thomas Wyatt, Satire I:
      Rather than to live thrall, under the awe
      Of lordly lokes, wrapped within my cloke []

Etymology 2

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From Middle English thrallen, from the noun above. Compare Old Norse þræla.

Verb

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thrall (third-person singular simple present thralls, present participle thralling, simple past and past participle thralled)

  1. To make a thrall; enslave.
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  1. ^ Etymology according to ODS: muligvis beslægtet med oht. drigil, tjener, og got. þragjan, oeng. þrægan, løbe

Middle English

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Etymology 1

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Noun

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thrall

  1. Alternative form of thral

Adjective

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thrall

  1. Alternative form of thral

Etymology 2

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Verb

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thrall

  1. Alternative form of thrallen