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West Saxon

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.
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.
a person whose native tongue was West Saxon.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nevertheless its character is said to be West Saxon rather than Mercian.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • The division of the West Saxon see was put off until the death of the bishop.

  • Cynewulf is an old English poet who has signed his name to several poems, extant in West Saxon.

    Medieval English Literature William Paton Ker
  • The ruins are still charred and blackened by the West Saxon fires.

    Science in Arcady Grant Allen
  • The death of his elder brother left him the only living representative of the line of the West Saxon princes.

  • Ini, the West Saxon king, had conquered the western part of Somerset, and ruled over a mixed population.

  • In accordance with the extension of the West Saxon kingdom, which became the kingdom of the English, the court increased.

  • Under the Kings of the West Saxon dynasty the loss of the right hand was a common sentence for makers of base coin.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • But it is only their connection with the West Saxon house that is unauthentic.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • The West Saxon court is no place for him, quite other views of kingship prevailing in those parts.

British Dictionary definitions for West Saxon

West Saxon

of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect
the dialect of Old English spoken in Wessex: the chief literary dialect of Old English See also Anglian, Kentish
an inhabitant of Wessex
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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