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sax1

[saks]
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noun Informal.
  1. saxophone.
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Origin of sax1

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.
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sax2

[saks]
noun
  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
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Historical Examples

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

    The House of the Wolfings

    William Morris


British Dictionary definitions for saxes

Saxe1

noun
  1. the French name for Saxony
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Saxe2

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)
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sax1

noun
  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

sax2

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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