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Alternative forms[edit]


Anglo- +‎ Saxon, from Latin Anglosaxones (Anglo-Saxones), Latin Angli Saxones (literally the English Saxons), as distinguished from the Continental Saxons.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæŋ.ɡləʊˈsæk.sən/
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæŋ.ɡloʊˈsæk.sən/
  • Rhymes: -æksən
  • Hyphenation: An‧glo‧Sax‧on

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (now rare) Synonym of Old English (language).
    Meronyms: Anglian, Kentish, Mercian, Northumbrian, West Saxon
  2. (informal) Profanity, especially words derived from Old English.
    • 1995, Margaret Edson, Wit:
      I haven't eaten in two days. What's left to puke? You may remark that my vocabulary has taken a turn for the Anglo-Saxon.
    • 2008, Zagreus Mike Luoma, Neo-gnosis, →ISBN:
      How fucked up is that? (Pardon my Anglo-Saxon)


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Anglo-Saxon (plural Anglo-Saxons)

  1. A member of the Germanic peoples who settled in England during the early fifth century.
  2. (US) A person of English ethnic descent.
  3. (US, Mexican-American) A light-skinned and/or blond-haired person presumably of North European descent like British.

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Anglo-Saxon (comparative more Anglo-Saxon, superlative most Anglo-Saxon)

  1. Related to the Anglo-Saxon peoples or language.
  2. Related to nations which speak primarily English and are influenced by English culture and customs; especially Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States.[1]
    • 1963, Claude Lévy-Strauss, translated by Claire Jacobson and Brooke Schoepf, Structural Anthropology, New York: Basic Books, page 2:
      [...] Ethnography thus aims at record-
      ing as accurately as possible the respective modes of life of various
      groups. Ethnology, on the other hand, utilizes for comparative
      purposes (the nature of which will be explained below) the data
      provided by the ethnographer. Thus, ethnography has the same
      meaning in all countries, and ethnology corresponds approximately
      to what is known in Anglo-Saxon countries—where the term eth-
      has become obsolete—as social or cultural anthropology.
  3. (politics) Favouring a liberal free-market economy.
  4. (US) Descended from some other North European settlers like the British (English).


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Further reading[edit]

SIL entry for Anglo-Saxon, ISO 639-3 code ang

  1. ^ “Anglo-Saxon”, in Cambridge Dictionary[1], Cambridge University Press, 2012 December 6 (last accessed)