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1. The members of the witenagemot in Anglo-Saxon England.
2. The witenagemot.
[Old English, pl. of wita, councilor; see witenagemot.]
(in Anglo-Saxon England) nAlso: witenagemot
1. (Historical Terms) an assembly of higher ecclesiastics and important laymen, including king's thegns, that met to counsel the king on matters such as judicial problems
2. (Historical Terms) the members of this assembly
[Old English witan, plural of wita wise man; see wit2, witness]
wit•an(ˈwɪt n, -ɑn)
1. the members of the Anglo-Saxon national advisory council or witenagemot.
2. the witenagemot.
[1800–10; < Old English, pl. of wita one who knows, councilor; akin to wit2]