Sax·​on ˈsak-sən How to pronounce Saxon (audio)
: a member of a Germanic people that entered and conquered England with the Angles and Jutes in the fifth century a.d. and merged with them to form the Anglo-Saxon people
: an Englishman or lowlander as distinguished from a Welshman, Irishman, or Highlander
: a native or inhabitant of Saxony
: the Germanic language or dialect of any of the Saxon peoples
: the Germanic element in the English language especially as distinguished from the French and Latin
Saxon adjective

Examples of Saxon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mercyhurst University will also be opening its gates to the public for free eclipse-viewing from its Saxon Stadium. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 Edward Saxon, a producer on the film, tells THR that Demme encouraged the crew — including costume designer Colleen Atwood, who has since won four Oscars — to embrace the outlandish nature of the project. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Feb. 2024 In addition to the Saxon settlement, archaeologists also uncovered a series of post-medieval walls — likely built in the 17th or 18th centuries — higher up in the sediment. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 7 Feb. 2024 Stevenson also voiced Gar Saxon on Star Wars: Rebels and The Clone Wars. Ew Staff,, 16 Oct. 2023 Since Zoom began returning to the office, Saxon said the company has already seen benefits. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 The official was David Saxon, then UCLA’s second-in-command as executive vice chancellor of academic affairs who would go on to become UC president in 1975. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Finally, British heavy metal veterans Saxon snag an 11th U.K. top 40 album with Hell, Fire and Damnation (Militia Guard Music), new at No. 19. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2024 Completing an all-new, all-rock top three on the Official Chart Update is Saxon’s Hell Fire and Damnation (Militia Guard Music), the British heavy metal band’s 24th studio album. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 23 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin Saxones Saxons, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Seaxan Saxons

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of Saxon was in the 13th century

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“Saxon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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Sax·​on ˈsak-sən How to pronounce Saxon (audio)
: a member of a Germanic people conquering England with the Angles and Jutes in the 5th century a.d. and joining with them to form the Anglo-Saxon people

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