Anglo-Saxon

Definitions

  • Anglo-Saxon Ploughing
    Anglo-Saxon Ploughing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Anglo-Saxon of or relating to the Anglo-Saxons or their language "Anglo-Saxon poetry","The Anglo-Saxon population of Scotland"
    • n Anglo-Saxon English prior to about 1100
    • n Anglo-Saxon a native or inhabitant of England prior to the Norman Conquest
    • n Anglo-Saxon a person of Anglo-Saxon (especially British) descent whose native tongue is English and whose culture is strongly influenced by English culture as in WASP for `White Anglo-Saxon Protestant' "in the ninth century the Vikings began raiding the Anglo-Saxons in Britain","his ancestors were not just British, they were Anglo-Saxons"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Anglo-Saxon Brooch Anglo-Saxon Brooch
Anglo-Saxon ship. About 900 A.D Anglo-Saxon ship. About 900 A.D
BYZANTINE.ANGLO-SAXON BYZANTINE.ANGLO-SAXON
ANGLO-SAXON AND NORMAN SHOES ANGLO-SAXON AND NORMAN SHOES

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One of the holiest Christian holidays is named after a pagan goddess. The name "Easter" derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox.
    • Anglo-Saxon 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".
    • Anglo-Saxon 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.
    • Anglo-Saxon 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.
    • Anglo-Saxon The language of the English people before the Norman conquest in 1066 (sometimes called Old English). See Saxon.
    • Anglo-Saxon 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Anglo-Saxon Literally, one of the Angle or ‘English’ Saxons; sometimes restricted to the Saxons who dwelt chiefly in the southern districts (Wessex, Essex, Sussex, Middlesex—names which contain a form of Saxon—and Kent) of the country which came to be known, from a kindred tribe, as the land of the Angles, Engla land, now England, but usually extended to the whole people or nation formed by the aggregation of the Angles, Saxons, and other early Teutonic settlers in Britain, or the whole people of England before the conquest.
    • n Anglo-Saxon plural The English race; all persons in Great Britain and Ireland, in the United States, and in their dependencies, who belong, actually or nominally, nearly or remotely, to the Teutonic stock of England; in the widest use, all English-speaking or English-appearing people.
    • n Anglo-Saxon [The adj. used absolutely.] The language of the Anglo-Saxons; Saxon; the earliest form of the English language, constituting, with Old Saxon, Old Friesic, and other dialects, the Old Low German group, belonging to the so-called West Germanic division of the Teutonic speech. The first Anglo-Saxon dialect to receive literary cultivation was that of the Angles (Anglo-Saxon Ængle, Engle): hence the name Ænglise, Englise, that is, Anglish, was afterward applied to all the dialects, and particularly to the prevailing one, West Saxon; it is the origin of the name English as applied to the modern mixed language. (See Anglish and English.) A Middle Latin name for the language was lingua Saxonica, or lingua Saxonum or Anglo-saxonum. The Anglo-Saxon language, in the widest use of the name, consisted of several dialects: the Northern or Anglian group, including the Old Northumbrian and the Midland or Mercian dialects, and the Southern or Saxon group, including the West Saxon and the Kentish. The Kentish remains are scanty, the Mercian scantier still and doubtful, while the Old Northumbrian remains are considerable. The great bulk of the Anglo-Saxon literature is West Saxon, the two terms being practically synonymous except when expressly distinguished as generic and specific. In the Old or Middle English period the Midland dialect became conspicuous, and it is to it that the form of modern English is chiefly due. In this dictionary Anglo-Saxon (abbreviated AS.) includes the whole language (but chiefly West Saxon, the Old Northumbrian and Kentish being discriminated when necessary) from the middle of the fifth century, or rather from the seventh century, when the first contemporary records begin, to the middle or end of the twelfth century; the language from the conquest (1066) to the end of this period being ‘late Anglo-Saxon.’ See English.
    • Anglo-Saxon Of or pertaining to the Anglo-Saxons: as, the Anglo-Saxon kings; the Anglo-Saxon language.
    • Anglo-Saxon Of or pertaining to the language of the Anglo-Saxons; belonging to, derived from, or having the form or spirit of that language: as, the Anglo-Saxon elements of modern English; the proportion of Anglo-Saxon words in the Bible or Shakspere; an Anglo-Saxon style, as contrasted with a Latin style.
    • Anglo-Saxon Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Anglo-Saxons, or the English-speaking race: as, Anglo-Saxon enterprise; the political genius of the Anglo-Saxon race.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj., n Anglo-Saxon applied to the earliest form of the English language—the term Old English is now preferred. Properly it should have referred only to the Saxons of Wessex, Essex, Middlesex, and Sussex, as distinct from the Angles
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Quotations

  • William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan
    “Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Angli-Saxones, English Saxons

Usage

In literature:

They were acting like normal Anglo-Saxons bred in a rich island continent.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
This is an Anglo-Saxon country.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
They are Anglo-Saxon in their blood and their customs.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
Compared with Anglo-Saxon, Frenchman, Italian, Austrian, German or Russian, he was of an order and degree reputed farthest down.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
THE ANGLO-SAXON GOVERNMENT AND MANNERS.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John" by David Hume
ANGLO-SAXON ROOTS AND ENGLISH DERIVATIVES.
"New Word-Analysis" by William Swinton
The remaining types were probably brought over by the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the invasion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
It is in some degree considered as a characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman styles.
"The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture, Elucidated by Question and Answer, 4th ed." by Matthew Holbeche Bloxam
A new strain was being added to our Anglo-Saxon, Germanic stock.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
Our Anglo-Saxon motto, 'Don't hit him when he's down,' is no motto with the Germans.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
We Anglo-Saxons have won a hard name in the world.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
Not much wholesome Anglo-Saxon there at any rate.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Wormwood has nothing to do with worms or wood; it is the Anglo-Saxon "wer mod," man-inspiriting, being a strong tonic.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The Anglo-Saxons also were great amateurs of music.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
If I am not an Englishman, I'm all for the Anglo-Saxons.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
But I am half Anglo-Saxon and want no such person for my wife.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
The old Anglo-Saxons had them and called them moots.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, October 27, 1920" by Various
There was a man who could have been Anglo-Saxon.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Rubbish aside, am I not as much of an Anglo-Saxon as any of them?
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
Elizabeth, Froude and Gardiner on, 149; and Anglo-Saxon development, 172.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
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In poetry:

From the Beach to far beyond
Bear-Hill, Lion's Mouth and Pond,
Marvellous to our tough old stock,
Chips o' the Anglo-Saxon block,
Seemed the Celtic Morrison.
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The pushing Anglo-Saxon race,
The Celts with wealth of heart and mind,
The Esquimaux of leaden face,
The Arabs whom no chain can bind,
With hardy Boers and all the rest,
Are with one common Father blest.
"Father Of Universal Man" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Our Anglo-Saxon ancestry - the bond of blood we share -
Is this secret and the strength of this our common prayer:
Forgive us our iniquities as we in patience -
Ask a blessing for ourselves and our inheritance.
"This One Thing" by Patience Strong
Ogier died. His sons grew English — Anglo-Saxon was their name—
Till out of blossomed Normandy another pirate came;
For Duke William conquered England and divided with his men,
And our Lower River-field he gave to William of Warenne.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling
"Of course we claim the shining fame of glorious Stonewall Jackson,
Who typifies the English race, a sterling Anglo-Saxon;
To bravest song his deeds belong, to Clio and Melpomene"--
(And why not for a British stream demand the Chickahominy?)
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

We had nothing to do with 'Anglo- Saxon ' quote.
Romney disavows "Anglo- Saxon " comment by unnamed advisor.
Romney camp denies "Anglo- Saxon heritage" comment.
'Anglo Saxon ' remark: Romney distances self from report.
A London paper quoted an unnamed adviser saying Romney believes the US relationship with Britain is special because of shared 'Anglo Saxon heritage' and that the White House doesn't appreciate that shared history.
Romney campaign in hot water for alleged 'Anglo- Saxon ' remark.
Today's Outrage: Anglo- Saxon -gate.
Romney camp highlights 'Anglo- Saxon ' bond with England.
This "Anglo- Saxon heritage" story sounded unbelievable from the get-go.
Like many American settlers, the Anglo- Saxons developed tribal mores around commonwealths of sovereign individuals claiming inherent, inviolable rights.
Does it really matter how many sons the Anglo- Saxons fathered if the local Celtic chiefs raised their own children as Germans.
Britain's largest collection of gold artifacts has been discovered and it dates back 1,300 years to the Anglo- Saxons .
Friday's p-Op quiz: ' Anglo -Saxon' edition.
Race-ing to the Bottom: Mitt Romney & the Anglo -Saxon Comment.
Friday's p-Op quiz: ' Anglo- Saxon' edition.
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In science:

This Anglo-Saxon word, which usually means mush or also curd, is usually ennobled by literary quotations (for example, Gell-Mann was inspired —as it is well known— by a verse of J.
Multi-verses, Micro-universes and Elementary Particles (Hadrons)
Anglo-Saxon) and French words, due to the conquest of England by the Normans in 1066.
Birth, survival and death of languages by Monte Carlo simulation
Krugljak (although the paternity belongs to Brudnyi) as part of their well known monograph on interpolation theory and only in 1991 the results was exposed to the Anglo-Saxon community, when the monograph was translated into English (see ).
Characterization of approximation schemes satisfying Shapiro's Theorem
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