from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Noble; illustrious
- n. A chief or lord.
- n. A prince or noble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noble; illustrious; excellent.
- n. A noble; a chief; often simply a man.
- n. Race; family; ancestry; noble ancestry; nobility; honor.
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 *Àtos (“father”), *atta (“mother”). Akin to Old Frisian eþel, Dutch edel, German edel. Middle English form hathel due to conflation with Old English hæleþ ("hero"). See heleth. (Wiktionary)