Anglo-Saxon

Definition of Anglo-Saxon

An´glo-Sax´on
adj.1.of or pertaining to the Anglo-Saxons or their language; as, Anglo-Saxon poetry; The Anglo-Saxon population of Scotland.
n.1.A Saxon of Britain, that is, an English Saxon, or one the Saxons who settled in England, as distinguished from a continental (or "Old") Saxon.
2.The Teutonic people (Angles, Saxons, Jutes) of England, or the English people, collectively, before the Norman Conquest.
It is quite correct to call Æthelstan "King of the Anglo-Saxons," but to call this or that subject of Æthelstan "an Anglo-Saxon" is simply nonsense.
- E. A. Freeman.
3.The language of the English people before the Norman conquest in 1066 (sometimes called Old English). See Saxon.
4.One of the race or people who claim descent from the Saxons, Angles, or other Teutonic tribes who settled in England; a person of English descent in its broadest sense.
5.a person of Anglo-Saxon (esp British) descent whose native tongue is English and whose culture is strongly influenced by English culture as in "WASP for `White Anglo-Saxon Protestant'"; "this Anglo-Saxon view of things".
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