Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[sas-uh-nuh kh, -nak] /ˈsæs ə nəx, -næk/
noun, Often Disparaging.
a term used by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles to refer to the English inhabitants.
Origin of Sassenach
1765-75; < Scots Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach English, English person, Protestant, Middle Irish Saxanach, derivative of Saxain, Sagsuin, Sachsain the Saxons, England ≪ Late Latin Saxonēs; see Saxon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Sassenach
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for Sassenach


/ˈsæsəˌnæk; Scottish -næx/
(Scot, sometimes Irish) an English person or a Lowland Scot
Word Origin
C18: from Scot Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach, from Late Latin saxonēs Saxons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Sassenach

Gaelic for "English person," 1771, Sassenaugh, literally "Saxon," from Gaelic Sasunnach, from Latin Saxones, from a Germanic source (cf. Old English Seaxe "the Saxons;" see Saxon). The modern form of the word was established c.1814 by Sir Walter Scott, from Scottish Sasunnoch, Irish Sasanach, Welsh Seisnig.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for sassenach

Word Value for Sassenach

Scrabble Words With Friends