Old English

noun

Definition of Old English

1 a : 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

  1. Old English is very different from modern English.

First Known Use of old english

1869

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Old English

Definition of Old English for English Language Learners

  • : the English language before 1100


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Old English

noun

Definition of Old English for Students

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

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