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[sas-uh-nuh kh, -nak] /ˈsæs ə nəx, -næk/
noun, Often Disparaging.
a term used by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles to refer to the English inhabitants.
Origin of Sassenach
1765-75; < Scots Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach English, English person, Protestant, Middle Irish Saxanach, derivative of Saxain, Sagsuin, Sachsain the Saxons, England ≪ Late Latin Saxonēs; see Saxon Unabridged
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/ˈsæsəˌnæk; Scottish -næx/
(Scot, sometimes Irish) an English person or a Lowland Scot
Word Origin
C18: from Scot Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach, from Late Latin saxonēs Saxons
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Word Origin and History for Sassenach

Gaelic for "English person," 1771, Sassenaugh, literally "Saxon," from Gaelic Sasunnach, from Latin Saxones, from a Germanic source (cf. Old English Seaxe "the Saxons;" see Saxon). The modern form of the word was established c.1814 by Sir Walter Scott, from Scottish Sasunnoch, Irish Sasanach, Welsh Seisnig.

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