Canute the Dane (ka-nut'), or Cnut, or Knut. Called the great, son of Sweyn, king of Denmark. Canute was born in 994. He invaded England and, after notable successes, was chosen sole king in 1017. He married the queen of Aethelred, after the latter's death, and conquered Norway in 1028. His reign was that of a statesman and patriot. Died 1035.