sax·​o·​ny ˈsak-s(ə-)nē How to pronounce saxony (audio)
plural saxonies
often capitalized
: a fine soft woolen fabric
: a fine closely twisted knitting yarn
: a Wilton jacquard carpet

Examples of saxony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Federal prosecutors said that 30-year-old Abdulmalk A. and 23-year-old Mousa H. A. were arrested Tuesday in Berlin and the nearby state of Saxony-Anhalt, based on warrants issued last week., 9 May 2017 Saxony is already home to plants owned by Volkswagen and BMW. Brian Parkin,, 4 May 2017 Saxony is home to the anti-immigrant movement known as Pegida — the German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West — and has been the site of some of the most virulent attacks on refugees. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2016 What's noteworthy: Saxony presents is annual Independence Day celebration at Witten Park. Ryan Wright, Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2017 Saxony Rd., 9710-Samuel I. and Rose Titelman to Carlos S. Mahomar Jr., $400,000. Washington Post, 7 June 2017 Beijing WKW will invest as much as 1.13 billion euros ($1.24 billion) on an electric car factory in the eastern state of Saxony that will create over 1,000 new jobs, according to a statement by the regional government on Thursday. Brian Parkin,, 4 May 2017 Saxony has not been immune to the racist stirrings of the Alternative für Deutschland party, challenging Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2017 Most of the rest of Volkswagen’s shares are owned by the German state of Lower Saxony and the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar, which tend to side with the family. Jack Ewing, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2017

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Word History


Saxony, Germany

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of saxony was in 1837

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“Saxony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Sax·​o·​ny ˈsak-s(ə-)nē How to pronounce Saxony (audio)
variants or German Sachsen
region and former duchy of northwestern Germany south of the Jutland Peninsula between the Elbe and Rhine rivers see lower saxony
region and state of reunified Germany north of the Erzgebirge mountain range and bordering the Czech Republic and Poland; capital Dresden area 7081 square miles (18,340 square kilometers), population 4,056,799 see saxe

see also saxon sense 1b

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