a.d. 895?–940, king of England 925–940.
Historical Examples

He also remembers seeing Athelstan place the packet in the safe.’
The Ivory Gate, a new edition Walter Besant

Athelstan succeeds to the throne of Wessex and its dependencies.
On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire Charles Hardwick

Because his son Edmund was under age, the crown was set on the head of his illegitimate offspring, Athelstan.
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12) Edmund Burke

Athelstan, with a powerful army, marched to the North and encamped at Brunanburgh.
Yorkshire Battles Edward Lamplough

Athelstan was the most delightful of brothers, and every evening brought its feast of laughter and of delightful talk.
The Ivory Gate, a new edition Walter Besant

What a capital photographer the great Athelstan seems to be!
It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan

Nor was the Rev. Athelstan quite clear that the case was uncomplicated; the brain might be unsound at the best of times.
It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan

Athelstan Taylor, of course, came to his appointment to the minute.
It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan

Athelstan’s two governors, Gudrekir and Alfgeirr first confronted the invaders.
On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire Charles Hardwick

The Rev. Athelstan had a suggestion to make: “One minute,” said he.
It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan

?895–939 ad, king of Wessex and Mercia (924–939 ad), who extended his kingdom to include most of England

masc. proper name, Old English Æðelstane, literally “noble stone;” see atheling + stone (n.).


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