• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Atheling ăth"ĕl*ĭng An Anglo-Saxon prince or nobleman; esp., the heir apparent or a prince of the royal family.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atheling In Anglo-Saxon history: A crown prince or heir apparent; one of the royal family. A nobleman. Originally none but Anglo-Saxon princes were called athelings, and the atheling was the eldest son of the king or nearest heir to the throne, to which, however, he did not necessarily succeed; but the term was afterward extended to all who held noble rank. Also written etheling, œtheling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atheling ath′el-ing a member of a noble family, latterly a prince of the blood royal, or the heir-apparent.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. æðeling, noble, fr. æðele, noble, akin to G. adel, nobility, edel, noble. The word æðel, E. ethel, is in many AS. proper names, as Ethel,wolf, noble wolf; Ethel,bald, noble bold; Ethel,bert, noble bright
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ætheling; Ger. adel.


In literature:

Among them was poor harmless Edgar Atheling, who loved Robert well.
"A Child's History of England" by Charles Dickens
Yet a single atheling up she seized fast and firm, as she fled to the moor.
"Beowulf" by Anonymous
I stand as champion for the king against yon traitor Atheling, and if the maiden's cause is his, why then against her too.
"Historic Girls" by E. S. Brooks
Richard May,' or 'Miss Athel.
"The Daisy Chain" by Charlotte Yonge
Athel regarded her for several moments; she was revealing to him more of her inner self than he had yet divined.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
He sent for his kinsman, the Atheling, natural heir to the throne.
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Presently the queen and athelings came there to him, and were safe.
"King Alfred's Viking" by Charles W. Whistler
Yet it was true, as Eadmund the Atheling said, that the Dane was but master of the land, and not of the English people.
"King Olaf's Kinsman" by Charles Whistler
But those may laugh who win, and these things scarcely touched the happiness of Philip and Athel.
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Edgar the Atheling, 11, 13.
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait

In poetry:

Also the brethren,
King and Atheling,
Each in his glory,
Went to his own in his own West-Saxonland,
Glad of the war.
"Battle Of Brunanburgh" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Atheles caught dopign, IOC says.