[ ang-gloh-sak-suhn ]

  1. an English person of the period before the Norman Conquest.

  1. the original Germanic element in the English language.

  2. plain and simple English, especially language that is blunt, monosyllabic, and often rude or vulgar.

  3. a person whose native language is English.

  4. a person of English descent.

  5. (in the U.S.) a person of colonial descent or British origin.

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Anglo-Saxons.

  2. of or relating to Anglo-Saxon.

  1. English-speaking; British or American.

  2. (of words, speech, or writing) blunt, monosyllabic, and often vulgar.

Origin of Anglo-Saxon

1605–15; based on New Latin, Medieval Latin Anglo-Saxōnēs, Anglī Saxōnēs (plural); from 10th cent., collective name for WGmc-speaking people of Britain (compare Old English Angulseaxan); see Angle, Saxon

Words Nearby Anglo-Saxon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Anglo-Saxon in a sentence

  • I suspect the Anglo-Saxon bearo, a grove or copse, is the word here preserved.

  • It was not the headlong, reckless, pugnacious rage of the old Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian berserker.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • She is uncompromisingly Anglo-Saxon and lacks that pliability which would endear her to the children of another race.

  • You an' me, Hinnissy, has got to bring on this here Anglo-Saxon 'lieance.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War | Finley Peter Dunne
  • The humor of calling "Anglo-Saxon" the kind of government these gentlemen will give is obvious.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross

British Dictionary definitions for Anglo-Saxon


  1. 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

  2. the language of these tribes: See Old English

  1. any White person whose native language is English and whose cultural affiliations are those common to Britain and the US

  2. informal plain blunt English, esp English containing taboo words

  1. forming part of the Germanic element in Modern English: ``forget'' is an Anglo-Saxon word

  2. of or relating to the Anglo-Saxons or the Old English language

  1. of or relating to the White Protestant culture of Britain, Australia, and the US

  2. informal (of English speech or writing) plain and blunt

  3. of or relating to Britain and the US, esp their common legal, political, and commercial cultures, as compared to continental Europe

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