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

  • n. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.


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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English witena ġemōt. (Wiktionary)



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