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Anglo- +‎ Saxon


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌeɪŋɡloʊˈsæksən/

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  1. The inflected ancestor language of modern English, also called Old English, spoken in Britain from about 400 AD to 1100 AD.



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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 person presumably of North European descent like British.
  4. (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 143574280X:
      How fucked up is that? (Pardon my Anglo-Saxon)

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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 influenced by English customs; especially the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia.[1]
    • 1963, Claude Lévy-Strauss, Structural Anthropology, New York: Basic Books, page 2:
      (Translated by Claire Jacobson and Brooke Schoepf.)
      [...] 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, IS 639-3 code ang

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