atheling [ath-uh-ling, ath -] ExamplesWord Origin noun Early English History.
- a man of royal blood; a prince.
Origin of atheling before 1000; Middle English; Old English ætheling (cognate with Old High German ediling, adalung, Old Saxon ethiling), equivalent to æthel(u) noble family (cognate with Old High German adoul, German Adel, Old Saxon athal(i), Old Norse athal nature; akin to Tocharian atäl man) + -ingExamples from the Web for atheling Historical Examples of atheling
She was forced to allow that her Atheling was winning upon her!
Charlotte M. Yonge
He sent for his kinsman, the Atheling, natural heir to the throne.
Nor was this all: in London, there had already formed a cabal in favour of the Atheling.
“Whom thou thinkest a nithing, O friend,” answered the Atheling.
Edgar the Atheling, his claim to the throne supported by London, i, 31.
Reginald R. Sharpe
British Dictionary definitions for atheling atheling noun
- (in Anglo-Saxon England) a prince of any of the royal dynasties
Word Origin for atheling Old English ætheling, from æthelu noble family + -ing ³; related to Old High German adaling, Old Norse öthlingr Word Origin and History for atheling n.
“member of a noble family,” Old English æðling, from æðel “noble family,” related to Old English æðele “noble,” from Proto-Germanic *athala-, from PIE *at-al- “race, family,” from *at(i)- “over, beyond, super” + *al- “to nourish.” With suffix -ing “belonging to.” A common Germanic word (cf. Old Saxon ediling, Old Frisian etheling, Old High German adaling).