Old English


Definition of Old English

1a : the language of the English people from the time of the earliest documents in the seventh century to about 1100 — see Indo-European Languages Table
b : English of any period before Modern English

Examples of Old English in a Sentence

Old English is very different from modern English.

First Known Use of Old English

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of Old English was in the 13th century

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“Old English.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Old%20English. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Old English

: the English language before 1100

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Kids Definition of Old English

: the language of England from the earliest documents in the seventh century to about 1100

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