[ang-glee-uh n]


Also Anglic. of or relating to the Angles or to East Anglia.


an Angle.
the northern and central group of Old English dialects, spoken in Northumbria and Mercia.

Origin of Anglian

First recorded in 1720–30; Angli(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for anglian

Anglian, OE

Examples from the Web for anglian

Historical Examples of anglian

  • The Anglian learned to feast to repletion, and drink to delirium.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It is a nicer difficulty to account for the choice of the Anglian name.

  • "It has had enough to eat already," said an Anglian passenger who was standing near them.

    Captain Jinks, Hero

    Ernest Crosby

  • "It is the part of Anglian thanes to die with their king," said Sighard angrily.

    A King's Comrade

    Charles Whistler

  • The same was probably the case with the whole Anglian coast on the east.

    Early Britain

    Grant Allen

British Dictionary definitions for anglian



of or relating to the Angles or to the Anglian dialects of Old English


the group of Old and Middle English dialects spoken in the Midlands and the north of England, divided into Mercian and NorthumbrianSee also Kentish, West Saxon
See also East Anglia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anglian


"of the Angles," 1726; see Angle. The Old English word was Englisc, but as this came to be used in reference to the whole Germanic people of Britain, a new word was wanted to describe this one branch of them.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper