- a term used by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles to refer to the English inhabitants.
Origin of Sassenach
Examples from the Web for sassenach
Sassenach that you are, I hear you muttering, "What is that?"Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Know you not that McDonnell is an exile, and that the hated Sassenach holds his castle?
Thus it was the McDonnell made his peace with the Sassenach.
The Sassenach was indeed out of his element on the Scotch hills.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
The old soldier turns himself towards the voice of the Sassenach, and, with the bold courtesy of the camp, bids him enter the hut.
- Scot and sometimes Irish an English person or a Lowland Scot
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.