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noun Informal.
  1. saxophone.
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Origin of sax1

by shortening


  1. a short, single-edged sword of ancient Scandinavia.
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Origin of sax2

before 900; Middle English sexe, Old English seax, sæx; cognate with Old Norse sax (Swedish, Danish sax scissors). See saw1


  1. Saxon.
  2. Saxony.
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  • Wha's to say it is no' undergoing a repair—that the roof is off, and will not be on for sax months to come.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • I warnt him against it, an' I telt him his ither wumman was deid but sax months.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • Skipper, if I dinna dive into their internals, gie me sax dozen.

    The Iron Pirate

    Max Pemberton

  • Where will ye find the Small Scotch that's fu' sax inches in height?

  • They war' a' Camerons and M'Donalds, though they paraded sax hundred men!

    The Pilot

    J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for sax


  1. a tool resembling a small axe, used for cutting roofing slate
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Word Origin

Old English seax knife; related to Old Saxon sahs, Old Norse sax


  1. informal short for saxophone
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Word Origin and History for sax


1923, colloquial shortening of saxophone.

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