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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
(sak′sən),USA pronunciation n.
- Language Varieties, Ancient Historya member of a Germanic people in ancient times dwelling near the mouth of the Elbe, a portion of whom invaded and occupied parts of Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries.
- Language Varietiesthe Old English dialects of the regions settled by the Saxons.
- Language Varieties, Place Namesa native or inhabitant of Saxony in modern Germany.
- Language Varietiesan English person;
- Language Varietiesan Anglo-Saxon.
- Language Varieties(not in scholarly use) the Old English language.
- Ancient History, World Historya member of the royal house of Germany that ruled from 919 to 1024.
- Ancient History, Language Varietiesof or pertaining to the early Saxons or their language.
- Place Names, Language Varietiesof or pertaining to Saxony in modern Germany.
- Language VarietiesEnglish (defs. 1, 2).
- Gmc; replacing Old English Seaxan (plural)
- Late Latin Saxō, Saxonēs (plural)
- Middle English, probably 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Saxon /ˈsæksən/ n
- a member of a West Germanic people who in Roman times spread from Schleswig across NW Germany to the Rhine. Saxons raided and settled parts of S Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries ad. In Germany they established a duchy and other dominions, which changed and shifted through the centuries, usually retaining the name Saxony
- a native or inhabitant of Saxony
- the Low German dialect of Saxony
- any of the West Germanic dialects spoken by the ancient Saxons or their descendants
See also Anglo-SaxonEtymology: 13th Century (replacing Old English Seaxe): via Old French from Late Latin Saxon-, Saxo, from Greek; of Germanic origin and perhaps related to the name of a knife used by the Saxons; compare saw1
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Saxons, the Anglo-Saxons, or their descendants
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Saxony, its inhabitants, or their Low German dialect