from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One, such as a slave or serf, who is held in bondage.
- n. One who is intellectually or morally enslaved.
- n. Servitude; bondage: "a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce” ( Lewis H. Lapham).
- transitive v. Archaic To enslave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who is enslaved or mind-controlled.
- n. The state of being under the control of another person.
- v. To make a thrall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A slave; a bondman.
- n. Slavery; bondage; servitude; thraldom.
- n. A shelf; a stand for barrels, etc.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a thrall; in the condition of a thrall; bond; enslaved.
- transitive v. To enslave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slave; a serf; a bondman; a captive.
- n. One who is a slave to some desire, appetite, spell, or other influence; one who is in moral bondage.
- n. Thraldom, literal or figurative; bondage; slavery; subjection.
- n. A shelf or stand; a stand for barrels.
- Enslaved; bond; subjugated.
- Figuratively, subject; enthralled.
- To deprive of liberty; enslave.
- Figuratively, to put in subjection to some power or influence; enthrall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone held in bondage
- n. the state of being under the control of another person
Middle English, from Old English thrǣl, from Old Norse thrǣll.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English þrǣl, from Old Norse þræll ("slave") whence the Icelandic þræll ("slave"); according to ODS probably akin to Old High German drigil, servant, to the Gothic 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (þragjan) and to the Old English þrægan, to run (Wiktionary)