Meaning of SAXON in English

I. ˈsaksən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin Saxones Saxons (singular Saxo ), of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Seaxe, Seaxan, plural, Saxons

1. capitalized


(1) : a member of a Germanic people entering and conquering England with the Angles and Jutes in the 5th century A.D. and merging with them to form the Anglo-Saxon people

(2) : an Englishman or Lowlander as distinguished from a Welshman, Irishman, or Highlander — compare sassenach

b. : a native or inhabitant of Saxony, Germany

2. capitalized

a. : the Germanic language or dialect of any of the Saxon peoples

b. : the Germanic element in the English language especially as distinguished from the French and Latin

3. usually capitalized

[probably so called from its originating in Saxony]

: a firework having a brilliant turning fire that produces the appearance of a revolving sun

II. adjective

Usage: usually capitalized


a. : of, relating to, or characteristic of the Anglo-Saxons : belonging to the period of English history between the Anglo-Saxon invasions and the Norman Conquest in 1066

b. : of Anglo-Saxon origin

the Saxon words have a simple vigor which no other vocabulary at our disposal could secure — Barrett Wendell


a. : of, relating to, or characteristic of Saxony

b. : of, relating to, or characteristic of the people of Saxony



variant of sexton

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