Definition of witenagemot in English:



  • An Anglo-Saxon national council or parliament.

    Also called witan

    ‘The witenagemot chose Harold, earl of Wessex, although his only claim to the throne was his availability.’
    • ‘The last act of the witenagemot in England was to choose Harold, Earl of Wessex, as King in 1066, a fatal choice.’
    • ‘Since Moholland is back at base in Norfolk, the witenagemot will try to have it delivered by an important person drawn from the field of politics.’
    • ‘That many of these localities were the sites of regal residences may be inferred from historical evidence which records them as selected for synods, councils, and witenagemots.’
    • ‘A witenagemot was held here in 934.’
    • ‘"A superstition, as it's name imports, is something that has been left over, like unfinished business, from one session of the world's witenagemot to the next."’



/ˈwitənəɡəˌmōt/ /ˈwɪtənəɡəˌmoʊt/


Old English, from witena, genitive plural of wita ‘wise man’ + gemōt ‘meeting’ (compare with moot).