sax

1
[saks]

Origin of sax

1
by shortening

Saxe

[saks]
noun
  1. Comte Her·mann Mau·rice de [er-man maw-rees duh] /ɛrˈman mɔˈris də/, 1696–1750, French military leader: marshal of France 1744.
  2. French name of Saxony.

sax

2
[saks]
noun
  1. a short, single-edged sword of ancient Scandinavia.

Origin of sax

2
before 900; Middle English sexe, Old English seax, sæx; cognate with Old Norse sax (Swedish, Danish sax scissors). See saw1
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Examples from the Web for saxes

Historical Examples of saxes

  • I saw that he had hanging to him two Roman saxes, so I deemed he had slain those two, and so escaped the Romans.


British Dictionary definitions for saxes

Saxe

1
noun
  1. the French name for Saxony

Saxe

2
noun
  1. Hermann Maurice (ɛrman mɔris), comte de Saxe. 1696–1750, French marshal born in Saxony: he distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48)

sax

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

Word Origin for sax

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

sax

2
noun
  1. informal short for saxophone
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Word Origin and History for saxes

sax

n.

1923, colloquial shortening of saxophone.

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