Old English

noun

Definition of Old English

  1. 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 tableb :  English of any period before Modern English

  2. 2 :  black letter

Examples of old english in a Sentence

  1. Old English is very different from modern English.

1869

First Known Use of old english

1869


OLD ENGLISH Defined for English Language Learners

Old English

noun

Definition of Old English for English Language Learners

  • : the English language before 1100


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