- an English person of the period before the Norman Conquest.
- Old English(def 1).
- the original Germanic element in the English language.
- plain and simple English, especially language that is blunt, monosyllabic, and often rude or vulgar.
- a person whose native language is English.
- a person of English descent.
- (in the U.S.) a person of colonial descent or British origin.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Anglo-Saxons.
- of or relating to Anglo-Saxon.
- English-speaking; British or American.
- (of words, speech, or writing) blunt, monosyllabic, and often vulgar.
Origin of Anglo-Saxon
Examples from the Web for anglo-saxon
The most effective weapon Anglo-Saxon elites have used to preserve power in American society has been the rule of law.Ellis Island’s Doubled-Edged Legacy
May 25, 2014
According to an account in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, written in the 9th century, that failed Viking raid was hardly a one-off.Every Viking ‘Fact’ Is Wrong
March 19, 2014
When Viking invaders tore through 9th-century Europe, only one Anglo-Saxon leader was able to withstand their ferocious onslaught.Scientists Find Remains of Alfred The Great Or King Edward The Elder
January 17, 2014
Americans with funny names like Kagan or Shapira might also feel that Anglo-Saxon heritage shouldn't be a requirement for office.Mitt, Are You Sure This Trip Was a Good Idea?
July 27, 2012
Romney also showed diplomatic sense when he declined to play the Anglo-Saxon card earlier brandished by one of his aides.Mitt Romney Using U.K. Visit to Raise Money
July 26, 2012
It is not easy for an Anglo-Saxon to confess the realities of affection in vital intimacies.Within the Law
The Anglo-Saxon civilizes the other races or devotes them to extinction.
It was rumored that there lay the ultimate proof of Anglo-Saxon ascendancy.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
Our Anglo-Saxon inheritance descends upon us in times like these.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I am here because there is more of the Latin than the Anglo-Saxon in me.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- a member of any of the West Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) that settled in Britain from the 5th century ad and were dominant until the Norman conquest
- the language of these tribesSee Old English
- any White person whose native language is English and whose cultural affiliations are those common to Britain and the US
- informal plain blunt English, esp English containing taboo words
- forming part of the Germanic element in Modern English``forget'' is an Anglo-Saxon word
- of or relating to the Anglo-Saxons or the Old English language
- of or relating to the White Protestant culture of Britain, Australia, and the US
- informal (of English speech or writing) plain and blunt
- of or relating to Britain and the US, esp their common legal, political, and commercial cultures, as compared to continental Europe
Word Origin and History for anglo-saxon
Old English Angli Saxones (plural), from Latin Anglo-Saxones, in which Anglo- is an adjective, thus literally "English Saxons," as opposed to those of the Continent (now called "Old Saxons"). Properly in reference to the Saxons of ancient Wessex, Essex, Middlesex, and Sussex.
I am a suthern man, I can not geste 'rum, ram, ruf' by letter. [Chaucer, "Parson's Prologue and Tale"]
After the Norman-French invasion of 1066, the peoples of the island were distinguished as English and French, but after a few generations all were English, and Latin-speaking scribes, who knew and cared little about Germanic history, began to use Anglo-Saxones to refer to the pre-1066 inhabitants and their descendants. When interest in Old English writing revived c.1586, the word was extended to the language we now call Old English. It has been used rhetorically for "English" in an ethnological sense from 1832, and revisioned as Angle + Saxon.