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Anglo–Saxon

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noun An·glo–Sax·on \ˌaŋ-glō-ˈsak-sən\

Simple Definition of Anglo–Saxon

  • : a member of the Germanic people who conquered Britain in the fifth century A.D.

  • : the language of the Anglo-Saxons

  • : a person whose ancestors were English

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Anglo–Saxon

  1. 1 :  a member of the Germanic peoples conquering England in the fifth century a.d. and forming the ruling class until the Norman conquest — compare angle, jute, saxon

  2. 2 a :  englishman; specifically :  a person descended from the Anglo-Saxons b :  a white gentile of an English-speaking nation

  3. 3 :  old english 1

  4. 4 :  direct plain English; especially :  English using words considered crude or vulgar

Anglo–Saxon adjective

Origin of anglo–saxon

New Latin Anglo-Saxones, plural, alteration of Medieval Latin Angli Saxones, from Latin Angli Angles + Late Latin Saxones Saxons


First Known Use: before 12th century


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