a member of a Germanic people in ancient times dwelling near the mouth of the Elbe, a portion of whom invaded and occupied parts of Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries.
the Old English dialects of the regions settled by the Saxons.
of or relating to the early Saxons or their language.
of or relating to Saxony in modern Germany.
- non-Saxon, noun, adjective
- pre-Saxon, adjective, noun
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How to use Saxon in a sentence
On just one day in 782, “Charlemagne ordered no fewer than 4,500 Saxons decapitated” because they were oath-breakers.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation | William O’Connor | September 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And Rahm Emanuel could no more hate his Jewish and Israeli ties than he could the vocabulary of the Anglo-Saxons.
I suppose these Welsh princes had hoards which had been carried from out of the way of us Saxons and Angles long ago.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
She had resided in England several years, and now longed again for the life and freedom of the Anglo-Saxons.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
Their fortresses lay in the north and west, while the Saxons attacked the east and south.
It is intelligible that they followed a precedent set by Rome in that age, and hired Saxons to repel Saxons.
According to Gildas it was for protection against these incursions that the Britons decided to call in the Saxons.
British Dictionary definitions for Saxon
a member of a West Germanic people who in Roman times spread from Schleswig across NW Germany to the Rhine. Saxons raided and settled parts of S Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries ad. In Germany they established a duchy and other dominions, which changed and shifted through the centuries, usually retaining the name Saxony
a native or inhabitant of Saxony
the Low German dialect of Saxony
any of the West Germanic dialects spoken by the ancient Saxons or their descendants
of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Saxons, the Anglo-Saxons, or their descendants
of, relating to, or characteristic of Saxony, its inhabitants, or their Low German dialect
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