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a. A freeman granted land by the king in return for military service in Anglo-Saxon England.
b. A man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a nobleman in Anglo-Saxon England.
2. A feudal lord or baron in Scotland.

[Middle English, from Old English thegn; see tek- in Indo-European roots.]

thane′ship′ n.


or Tha·na  (tä′nə)
A city of west-central India, a manufacturing suburb of Mumbai.


the rank, function or office of a thane
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Noun1.thaneship - the position of thane
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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This significant difference urges p laygoers to conclude that demonic possession involving the thaneship of Cawdor, if it does afflict Macbeth, does so by essentially excavating his humanity, leaving him the automaton of the metronomic "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" speech.
The essays by Stephen Glosecki and Peter Richardson frame this gathering because they look in obverse directions: Glosecki toward a Germanic past for ways to understand some surprising traces of totemism; Richardson toward a future of state formation that involves the redirection of kinship ties as well as the reformation of thaneship.
33) This sort of complexity--moral, social, anti literary--is missing from the tableau at Maldon, where thaneship is untempered by the prospect of competing loyalties or domestic discord.