[of Yorkshire]. Same as trithing in Lincolnshire;
the jurisdiction of a third part of a county, under the government of a
reeve (sheriff). The word ding or thing is
Scandinavian, and means a legislative assembly; hence the great
national diet of Norway is still called a stor-thing (great
legislative assembly), and its two chambers are the lag-thing (law assembly) and the odels-thing (freeholders' assembly).
Kent was divided into laths, Sussex into rapes, Lincoln
into parts. The person who presided over a trithing was called
the trithing-man; he who presided in the lath was called a lath-grieve.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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