noun \ˈsak-sən\

: a member of the Germanic people who entered and conquered England in the fifth century A.D.

Full Definition of SAXON

a (1) :  a member of a Germanic people that entered and conquered England with the Angles and Jutes in the fifth century a.d. and merged with them to form the Anglo-Saxon people (2) :  an Englishman or lowlander as distinguished from a Welshman, Irishman, or Highlander
b :  a native or inhabitant of Saxony
a :  the Germanic language or dialect of any of the Saxon peoples
b :  the Germanic element in the English language especially as distinguished from the French and Latin
Saxon adjective

Origin of SAXON

Middle English, from Late Latin Saxones Saxons, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Seaxan Saxons
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SAXON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of a Germanic people who lived along the Baltic coast in ancient times and later migrated west as far as the British Isles. The Saxons became pirates in the North Sea during the decline of the Roman empire, and in the early 5th century they spread through northern Germany and along the coasts of Gaul and Britain. They fought Charlemagne (772–804) before being incorporated into the Frankish kingdom, and they settled Britain along with other Germanic invaders, including the Angles and the Jutes.


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