Thing (assembly)

An assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose. A thing was the governing assembly in Germanic societies and introduced into some Celtic societies, made up of the free people of the community and presided by law speakers, meeting in a place called a thingstead. Today, the term lives on in the official names of national legislatures and political and judicial institutions in the Nordic countries, in the Manx form, as a term for the three legislative bodies on the Isle of Man, and in the English term husting.

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