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 (ăth′ə-lĭng, ăth′-)
An Anglo-Saxon nobleman or prince, especially the heir to a throne.

[Middle English, from Old English ætheling.]


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]


(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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found it advisable to go with Edgar Atheling to meet William and offer him the crown.
As another instance of these bitter fruits of conquest, and perhaps the strongest that can be quoted, we may mention, that the Princess Matilda, though a daughter of the King of Scotland, and afterwards both Queen of England, niece to Edgar Atheling, and mother to the Empress of Germany, the daughter, the wife, and the mother of monarchs, was obliged, during her early residence for education in England, to assume the veil of a nun, as the only means of escaping the licentious pursuit of the Norman nobles.
which probably had been thought to give the finishing touch to the aristocratic prettiness of the Lady Emmeline Atheling as represented, forty years before, in several Books of Beauty.
Lo, praise of the prowess of people-kings of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped, we have heard, and what honor the athelings won