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West Saxon

noun
1.
the Old English dialect of the West Saxon kingdom, dominant after a.d. c850 and the medium of nearly all the literary remains of Old English.
2.
any of the English of the period before the Norman Conquest who lived in the region south of the Thames and west of Surrey and Sussex.
3.
a person whose native tongue was West Saxon.
adjective
4.
of or relating to the West Saxons or their dialect.
Origin of West Saxon
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, for Old English Westseaxan Wessex; see west, Saxon
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  • Besides, there is the strongest external support for Woden in the very place which he occupies in the west-saxon pedigree.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Dialect: There is a considerable survival of older spellings from the west-saxon original.

  • The spelling has been made rigorously uniform throughout on an early west-saxon basis.

    Anglo-Saxon Primer Henry Sweet
  • Forms with the slenderer, or more vocalic sounds, replace forms which in the west-saxon are broad or diphthongal.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Their object is clearly to connect the founder of the west-saxon royal house with Woden.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Nevertheless, the form in which his poems in full have come down to us is that of a west-saxon composition.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • This book deals only with the west-saxon dialect in its earliest form.

    Anglo-Saxon Primer Henry Sweet
  • This was probably at first a dry record, especially of important births and deaths in the west-saxon kingdom.

    English Literature William J. Long
  • Indeed, it contains no pedigree of the west-saxon kings at all.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • With the crown of the west-saxon kings, he had taken up their claims to supremacy over the whole island, and probably beyond it.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for west-saxon

West Saxon

adjective
1.
of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect
noun
2.
the dialect of Old English spoken in Wessex: the chief literary dialect of Old English See also Anglian, Kentish
3.
an inhabitant of Wessex
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