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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
Sax•on  (saksən), 
n. 
  1. 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.
  2. Language Varietiesthe Old English dialects of the regions settled by the Saxons.
  3. Language Varieties, Place Namesa native or inhabitant of Saxony in modern Germany.
  4. Language Varietiesan English person;
    Britisher.
  5. Language Varietiesan Anglo-Saxon.
  6. Language Varieties(not in scholarly use) the Old English language.
  7. Ancient History, World Historya member of the royal house of Germany that ruled from 919 to 1024.

adj. 
  1. Ancient History, Language Varietiesof or pertaining to the early Saxons or their language.
  2. Place Names, Language Varietiesof or pertaining to Saxony in modern Germany.
  3. Language VarietiesEnglish (defs. 1, 2).
Etymology:
  • 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
  1. 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
  2. a native or inhabitant of Saxony
  3. the Low German dialect of Saxony
  4. any of the West Germanic dialects spoken by the ancient Saxons or their descendants
adj
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Saxons, the Anglo-Saxons, or their descendants
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of Saxony, its inhabitants, or their Low German dialect

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



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