Definition of Anglo-saxon
1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of England prior to the Norman Conquest.
2. Adjective. Of or relating to the Anglo-Saxons or their language. "The Anglo-Saxon population of Scotland"
3. Noun. A person of Anglo-Saxon (especially British) descent whose native tongue is English and whose culture is strongly influenced by English culture as in WASP for 'White Anglo-Saxon Protestant'. "His ancestors were not just British, they were Anglo-Saxons"
Generic synonyms: English Person
4. Noun. English prior to about 1100.
Generic synonyms: English, English Language
Specialized synonyms: West Saxon, Anglian, Jutish, Kentish
Definition of Anglo-saxon
1. Proper noun. The inflected ancestor language of modern English, also called Old English, spoken in Britain from about 400 AD to 1100 AD. ¹
2. Noun. Germanic peoples inhabiting medieval England. ¹
3. Noun. (US) A person of British or North European descent. ¹
4. Noun. (US Mexican-American) A light-skinned person presumably of British or other European appearance; a white person. ¹
5. Noun. (informal) profanity Profanity, especially words derived from Old English. ¹
6. Adjective. Related to the Anglo-Saxon peoples or language. ¹
7. Adjective. Related to nations which speak primarily English; especially United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia. ¹
8. Adjective. (politics) Favouring a liberal free market economy. ¹
9. Adjective. (US) Descended from white English or North European settlers. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Anglo-saxon
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the by Robert Chambers (1832)
"It happened to be on the i of boundary between two Anglo-Saxon estates, and, therefore, became a marked object. In the deed of conveyance of the estate in ..."
2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1861)
"By assigning each word to one of two classes, Saxon and non-Saxon, he found that— Shakspeare uses 85 per cent Anglo-Saxon, 15 of other words. ..."
3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The Anglo-Saxon forefathers were notorious for their excessive fondness for eating ... For a time the Anglo- Saxon Church maintained customs different in ..."
4. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1895)
"common heading of ' Anglo-Saxon laws.' As for the deliberate fables of later apocryphal authorities, the ' Mirror of Justices' being the chief and flagrant ..."
5. A Short History of English Literature by George Saintsbury (1898)
"CHAPTER III anglo-saxon PROSE he works of King Alfred —The Boethius — The Orosius — The ... But it would appear that it was, in Anglo-Saxon, pretty early. ..."