Definition of Danelaw from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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the part of north-eastern England that was ruled by the Danes from 878 until the whole of England came under Danish rule in 1013. The line between Danelaw and the rest of Anglo-Saxon England ran roughly between London and Chester. Many places in the north-east of England still have Danish names. For example, Denby means Dane Village, and Thorpe in names like Middlethorpe means farm.