Anglo-Saxon

noun
An·​glo-Sax·​on | \ ˌaŋ-glō-ˈsak-sən How to pronounce Anglo-Saxon (audio) \

Definition of Anglo-Saxon

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
2a : englishman specifically : a person descended from the Anglo-Saxons
b : a white gentile of an English-speaking nation
4 : direct plain English especially : English using words considered crude or vulgar

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Anglo-Saxon adjective

First Known Use of Anglo-Saxon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Anglo-Saxon

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

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The first known use of Anglo-Saxon was before the 12th century

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“Anglo-Saxon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anglo-Saxon. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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Anglo-Saxon

noun

English Language Learners 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

Anglo-Saxon

noun
An·​glo-Sax·​on | \ ˌaŋ-glō-ˈsak-sən \

Kids Definition of Anglo-Saxon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of the German people who conquered England in the fifth century a.d.
2 : a person whose ancestors were English

Anglo-Saxon

adjective

Kids Definition of Anglo-Saxon (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to the Anglo-Saxons

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