Definition of "wapentake" []

  • A historical subdivision of some northern counties in England, corresponding roughly to the hundred in other shires. (noun)
  • A subdivision of certain shires or counties, esp in the Midlands and North of England, corresponding to the hundred in other shires (noun)

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Use "wapentake" in a sentence
  • "As you seem to have intuited from your own research on your site, the exact meaning of wapentake is a little obscure."
  • "I remember seeing Tolkien use it in a military context, leading me to say, "Oh! He assumes wapentake is a kind of war counsel.""
  • "The people, in imitation of their ancestors, the ancient Germans, assembled there in arms; whence a hundred was sometimes called a wapentake, and its courts served both for the support of military discipline and for the administration of civil justice. ["