A dignitary under the Anglo-Saxons and Danes in England. Of these there were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Conquest, this title was disused, and baron took its place.
Person holding land from the King by special grant; formerly used of the King's ministers and military companions teignus
a free retainer of an Anglo-Saxon lord; especially : one resembling a feudal baron by holding lands of and performing military service for the king
Originally meaning a Military Companion to the King. Came to mean a land-holding administrative office.
Noble rank between Duke and Count.
follower, retainer, or warrior.
a feudal lord or baron
a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)
a servant to king and country, and Lady Macbeth not only presents herself to be as much a part of the kingship as Macbeth, but also to be in a position of superior power
a warrior who has been rewarded by his king with a gift of land
tainus, teignus Originally a military companion of the king, later one of his administrative officials. In Domesday most thanes were Anglo-Saxons who had retained some of their land.Now known to most people through Macbeth, the thane of Cawdor.
Originally meaning a Military Companion to the King, a thane was a man holding administrative office.