Meaning of thane

thane

Pronunciation: (thān), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of any of several aristocratic classes of men ranking between earls and ordinary freemen, and granted lands by the king or by lords for military service.
  2. a person, ranking with an earl's son, holding lands of the king; the chief of a clan, who became one of the king's barons.
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