• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Witenagemot wit′e-na-ge-mōt′ the supreme council of England in Anglo-Saxon times, composed of the bishops, the ealdormen of shires, and a number of the king's friends and dependents, the king's thanes. It was thus purely a council of royal officers and territorial magnates, not at all resembling the representative House of Commons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. witena gemótwita, a wise man, gemót, a meeting.


In literature:

Witenagemote, old Parliament, was a great thing.
"Heroes and Hero Worship" by Thomas Carlyle
In fact, the thing was more like a Witenagemot than a legislature.
"Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich" by Stephen Leacock
The expedient of representation first found its beginning in the Saxon witenagemot.
"Experiments in Government and the Essentials of the Constitution" by Elihu Root
These councils were like the Witenagemot of England, formed of the wise and influential men of the kingdom.
"The Constitutional Development of Japan 1863-1881" by Toyokichi Iyenaga
The composition of the king's great council called the Witenagemot is doubtful.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Witenagemote, old Parliament, was a great thing.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
If you could get up a Witenagemot now!
"'That Very Mab'" by May Kendall and Andrew Lang
It had always existed in one form or another, extending back continuously to the "witenagemot" of the Anglo-Saxons.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
The missionaries (like the Bishops in a Witenagemot) and the chief British officials are usually present.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
Of this nature was the criminal jurisdiction of the Anglo-Saxon Witenagemot.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine