Sassenach

Sassenach

[sas-uh-nuhkh, -nak]
noun
an English inhabitant of the British Isles: used, often disparagingly, by the gaelic inhabitants.

Origin:
1765–75; < Scots Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach English, English person, Protestant, MIr Saxanach, derivative of Saxain, Sagsuin, Sachsain the Saxons, England ≪ Late Latin Saxonēs; see Saxon

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Sassenach (ˈsæsəˌnæk, Scottish -næx)
 
n
sometimes (Scot), (Irish) an English person or a Lowland Scot
 
[C18: from Scot Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach, from Late Latin saxonēs Saxons]

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Sassenach
Gaelic for "English person," 1771, Sassenaugh, lit. "Saxon," from L. Saxones, from a Gmc. source (cf. O.E. Seaxe "the Saxons"). The modern form of the word was established c.1814 by Sir Walter Scott, from Scot. Sasunnoch, Ir. Sasanach, Welsh Seisnig.
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