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Saxon

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noun Sax·on \ˈsak-sən\

Simple Definition of Saxon

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

Full Definition of Saxon

  1. 1a (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 Highlanderb :  a native or inhabitant of Saxony

  2. 2a :  the Germanic language or dialect of any of the Saxon peoplesb :  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

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