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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.

[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).]


(Historical Terms) another word for witan
[Old English witena, genitive plural of wita councillor + gemōt meeting, moot]


(ˈwɪt n ə gəˌmoʊt)

(in Anglo-Saxon England) the assembly of the witan; the national advisory council attended by the king, ealdormen, bishops, and nobles.
[1585–95; < Old English, =witena, genitive pl. of wita councilor (see witan) + gemōt moot]


 an assembly or council of the Witan, the Anglo-Saxon Council to the king; a modern assembly, e.g., the first select Witenagemot of the Sciences of the World, 1899; the Witenagemot at Cambridge, 1833.
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In fact, King James I imprisoned Seiden in the Tower of London for five weeks for arguing that the Parliament was an ancient institution descended from the Anglo-Saxon Witenagemot and therefore not dependent upon the king for its existence and authority.
1066: Earl Harold Godwinsson is crowned Harold II of England after being chosen by his fellow noblemen, following Anglo-Saxon practice, in the assembly known as the Witenagemot. He ruled to October 14, 1066, when he was killed at the Battle of Hastings and succeeded by William, Duke of Normandy, "the Conqueror".
Verret, Delaware's Guidance: Ensuring Equity for the Modern Witenagemot, 2 VA.