1. a person who is in bondage; slave.
  2. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like: He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.
  3. slavery; thralldom.

verb (used with object)

  1. Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.


  1. Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.


  1. Also called: thraldom, (US) thralldom (ˈθrɔːldəm) the state or condition of being in the power of another person
  2. a person who is in such a state
  3. a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc


  1. (tr) to enslave or dominate

n.Old English þræl “bondman, serf, slave,” from Old Norse þræll “slave, servant,” probably from Proto-Germanic *thrakhilaz, literally “runner,” from root *threh- “to run” (cf. Old High German dregil “servant,” properly “runner;” Old English þrægan, Gothic þragjan “to run”).

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