As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
embætta Old Norse word can mean:
- tt, mod. að, to attend, wait upon, with dat.; e. gestum, to wait upon guests; kann vera at Guð yðvarr sé á málstefnu, eðr eigi gestum at e., Stj. 593. I Kings xviii. 27; eigi samneytti hon, heldr e. hon, she ate not with the people, but waited on them, 655 xxxi A. 3; e. fé, to serve the cattle, to milk, Ísl. ii. 334, 482.
- 2. eccl. to say mass, to celebrate the eucharist, D. n.
- β. in mod. usage since the Reformation, to officiate as a clergyman.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛁᛘᛒᛅᛏᛏᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
- D. N.
- Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
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This headword also appears in dictionaries of other languages descending from Old Norse.