Old English

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Old English

Time Traveler for Old English

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for Old English

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for Old English

Old English

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Old English

: the English language before 1100

Old English

noun

Kids Definition of Old English

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

Comments on Old English

What made you want to look up Old English? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!