West Saxon

  1. the Old English dialect of the West Saxon kingdom, dominant after a.d. c850 and the medium of nearly all the literary remains of Old English.

  2. any of the English of the period before the Norman Conquest who lived in the region south of the Thames and west of Surrey and Sussex.

  1. a person whose native tongue was West Saxon.

  1. of or relating to the West Saxons or their dialect.

Origin of West Saxon

1350–1400; Middle English, for Old English WestseaxanWessex; see west, Saxon

Words Nearby West Saxon

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How to use West Saxon in a sentence

  • The West Saxon shilling seems originally to have been identical with the Mercian, but later it contained five pence.

  • Hence we have in some quite early (not West Saxon) pedigrees, five names given as ancestors of Woden.

    Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
  • Besides, there is the strongest external support for Woden in the very place which he occupies in the West-Saxon pedigree.

    Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
  • They are pre-literary, and were doubtless chanted by retainers of the West-Saxon kings in heathen days.

    Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
  • The division of the West Saxon see was put off until the death of the bishop.

British Dictionary definitions for West Saxon

West Saxon

/ (in Anglo-Saxon England) /

  1. of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect

  1. the dialect of Old English spoken in Wessex: the chief literary dialect of Old English: See also Anglian, Kentish

  2. an inhabitant of Wessex

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