Old English

Old English
Anglo-Saxon An"glo-Sax"on, n. [L. Angli-Saxones English Saxons.] 1. A Saxon of Britain, that is, an English Saxon, or one the Saxons who settled in England, as distinguished from a continental (or ``Old'') Saxon. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. The Teutonic people (Angles, Saxons, Jutes) of England, or the English people, collectively, before the Norman Conquest. [1913 Webster]

It is quite correct to call [AE]thelstan ``King of the Anglo-Saxons,'' but to call this or that subject of [AE]thelstan ``an Anglo-Saxon'' is simply nonsense. --E. A. Freeman. [1913 Webster]

3. The language of the English people before the Norman conquest in 1066 (sometimes called {Old English}). See {Saxon}.

Syn: Old English [1913 Webster]

4. One of the race or people who claim descent from the Saxons, Angles, or other Teutonic tribes who settled in England; a person of English descent in its broadest sense. [1913 Webster]

5. a person of Anglo-Saxon (esp British) descent whose native tongue is English and whose culture is strongly influenced by English culture as in "WASP for `White Anglo-Saxon Protestant'"; "this Anglo-Saxon view of things". [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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