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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An Anglo-Saxon advisory council to the king, composed of about 100 nobles, prelates, and other officials, convened at intervals to discuss administrative and judicial affairs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Anglo-Saxon history, the great national council or parliament, consisting of the king with his dependents and friends and sometimes the members of his family, the ealdormen, the bishops, and other ecclesiastics.

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  • noun Any assembly, parliament or discursive gathering.
  • noun history The assembly of the Anglo-Saxon national council.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Old English witena gemōt, meeting of councilors : witena, genitive pl. of wita, councilor; see weid- in Indo-European roots + gemōt, meeting (ge-, collective pref.; see kom in Indo-European roots + mōt, meeting).]

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Old English witena ġemōt.

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