[ sas-uh-nuhkh, -nak ]
/ ˈsæs ə nəx, -næk /

noun Often Disparaging.

a term used by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles to refer to the English inhabitants.

Origin of Sassenach

1765–75; < Scots Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach English, English person, Protestant, Middle Irish Saxanach, derivative of Saxain, Sagsuin, Sachsain the Saxons, England ≪ Late Latin Saxonēs; see Saxon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sassenach


/ (ˈsæsəˌnæk, Scottish -næx) /


Scot and sometimes Irish an English person or a Lowland Scot

Word Origin for Sassenach

C18: from Scot Gaelic Sasunnach, Irish Sasanach, from Late Latin saxonēs Saxons
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