Anglo-Saxon title of nobility. It was confined in use by the 8th century to male members of the royal family; that is, kings, and brothers and sons of kings. ...
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Ath'el·ing (ăth'ĕl*ĭng) noun [ Anglo-Saxon æðeling noble, from æðele noble, akin to German adel nobility, edel noble. The word æðel , English ethel , is in many Anglo-Saxon proper names, as Ethel wolf, noble wolf; Ethel
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• (n.) An Anglo-Saxon prince or nobleman; esp., the heir apparent or a prince of the royal family.
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Atheling was a title of honour among the Anglo-Saxons, meaning one who is of noble blood. The title was gradually confined to the princes of the blood royal, and in the ninth and tenth centuries is used exclusively for the sons or brothers of the reigning king.
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