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An Anglo-Saxon nobleman or prince, especially the heir to a throne.
[Middle English, from Old English ætheling.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
[Old English ætheling, from æthelu noble family + -ing3; related to Old High German adaling, Old Norse öthlingr]
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ath•el•ing(ˈæθ ə lɪŋ, ˈæð-)
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a man of royal blood; prince.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English ætheling=æthel(u) noble family (c. Old Saxon athal(i), Old High German adoul, Old Norse athal nature) + -ing -ing3]
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