Anglo-Saxon

Anglo-Saxon

[ang-gloh-sak-suhn]
noun
1.
an English person of the period before the Norman Conquest.
2.
Old English ( def 1 ).
3.
the original Germanic element in the English language.
4.
plain and simple English, especially language that is blunt, monosyllabic, and often rude or vulgar.
5.
a person whose native language is English.
6.
a person of English descent.
7.
(in the U.S.) a person of colonial descent or British origin.
adjective
8.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Anglo-Saxons.
9.
of or pertaining to Anglo-Saxon.
10.
English-speaking; British or American.
11.
(of words, speech, or writing) blunt, monosyllabic, and often vulgar.

Origin:
1605–15; based on Neo-Latin, Medieval Latin Anglo-Saxōnēs, Anglī Saxōnēs (plural); from 10th cent., collective name for WGmc-speaking people of Britain (compare Old English Angulseaxan); see Angle, Saxon

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Anglo-Saxon
 
n
1.  a member of any of the West Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) that settled in Britain from the 5th century ad and were dominant until the Norman conquest
2.  See Old English the language of these tribes
3.  any White person whose native language is English and whose cultural affiliations are those common to Britain and the US
4.  informal plain blunt English, esp English containing taboo words
 
adj
5.  forming part of the Germanic element in Modern English: ``forget'' is an Anglo-Saxon word
6.  of or relating to the Anglo-Saxons or the Old English language
7.  of or relating to the White Protestant culture of Britain, Australia, and the US
8.  informal (of English speech or writing) plain and blunt
9.  of or relating to Britain and the US, esp their common legal, political, and commercial cultures, as compared to continental Europe

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Anglo-Saxon
O.E. Angli Saxones, from L. Anglo-Saxones, in which anglo- is an adverb, thus lit. "English Saxons," as opposed to those of the Continent (now called "Old Saxons"). Properly in ref. to the Saxons of ancient Wessex, Essex, Middlesex, and Sussex. After the Norman-Fr. invasion of 1066, the peoples of the
island were distinguished as English and French, but after a few generations all were English, and L. scribes, who knew and cared little about Gmc. history, began to use Anglo-Saxones to refer to the pre-1066 inhabitants and their descendants. When interest in O.E. writing revived c.1586, the word was extended to the language we now call Old English. It has been used rhetorically for "English" in an ethnological sense from 1832, and revisioned as Angle + Saxon.
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