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West Saxon

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noun
  1. the Old English dialect of the West Saxon kingdom, dominant after a.d. c850 and the medium of nearly all the literary remains of Old English.
  2. any of the English of the period before the Norman Conquest who lived in the region south of the Thames and west of Surrey and Sussex.
  3. a person whose native tongue was West Saxon.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the West Saxons or their dialect.

Origin of West Saxon

1350–1400; Middle English, for Old English Westseaxan Wessex; see west, Saxon
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Examples from the Web for west saxon

Historical Examples

  • This book deals only with the West-Saxon dialect in its earliest form.

    Anglo-Saxon Primer

    Henry Sweet

  • Indeed, it contains no pedigree of the West-Saxon kings at all.

    Beowulf

    R. W. Chambers

  • The stages above Geat are found in the genealogy of the West-Saxon kings only.

    Beowulf

    R. W. Chambers

  • Their object is clearly to connect the founder of the West-Saxon royal house with Woden.

    Beowulf

    R. W. Chambers

  • The object of this pedigree is to connect the West-Saxon kings with Woden.

    Beowulf

    R. W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for west saxon

West Saxon

adjective
  1. of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect
noun
  1. the dialect of Old English spoken in Wessex: the chief literary dialect of Old EnglishSee also Anglian, Kentish
  2. an inhabitant of Wessex
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