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.
The element ‘athel, aethel’ literally translates as ‘noble’, so the term is often translated as ‘nobleman’, but that doesn’t carry the royal element of the original’s meaning.