Sax·​on | \ ˈsak-sən How to pronounce Saxon (audio) \

Definition of Saxon

1a(1) : 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
(2) : an Englishman or lowlander as distinguished from a Welshman, Irishman, or Highlander
b : a native or inhabitant of Saxony
2a : the Germanic language or dialect of any of the Saxon peoples
b : the Germanic element in the English language especially as distinguished from the French and Latin

Other Words from Saxon

Saxon adjective

First Known Use of Saxon

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

History and Etymology for Saxon

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

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“Saxon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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: a member of the Germanic people who entered and conquered England in the fifth century A.D.

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