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[ang-glee-uh n] /ˈæŋ gli ən/
Also, Anglic. of or relating to the Angles or to East Anglia.
an Angle.
the northern and central group of Old English dialects, spoken in Northumbria and Mercia.
Origin of Anglian
First recorded in 1720-30; Angli(a) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Anglian
Historical Examples
  • The Anglian learned to feast to repletion, and drink to delirium.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is a nicer difficulty to account for the choice of the Anglian name.

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • "It has had enough to eat already," said an Anglian passenger who was standing near them.

    Captain Jinks, Hero Ernest Crosby
  • "It is the part of Anglian thanes to die with their king," said Sighard angrily.

    A King's Comrade Charles Whistler
  • The same was probably the case with the whole Anglian coast on the east.

    Early Britain Grant Allen
  • That heap of stones brings us at once to the dawn of the Anglian kingdom.

  • Tradition hath it that at the Anglian advent into this district, the worship of Woden was first set up in a grove at Wednesfield.

    The Annals of Willenhall Frederick William Hackwood
  • These cruciform Anglian brooches are of cast bronze, generally gilt, but sometimes plated with silver.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • The chief literary dialect, in the earliest period, was Northumbrian or Anglian, down to the middle of the ninth century.

  • There is nothing peculiar, then, in the fact that Beowulf celebrates heroes who were not of Anglian birth.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for Anglian


of or relating to the Angles or to the Anglian dialects of Old English
the group of Old and Middle English dialects spoken in the Midlands and the north of England, divided into Mercian and Northumbrian See also Kentish, West Saxon
See also East Anglia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Anglian

"of the Angles," 1726; see Angle. The Old English word was Englisc, but as this came to be used in reference to the whole Germanic people of Britain, a new word was wanted to describe this one branch of them.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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