The Alternative English Dictionary: Anglo-Saxon

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Anglo-Saxon {{interwiktionary}} {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The inflected ancestor language of modern English, also called Old English, spoken in Britain from about 400 AD to 1100 AD.
Synonyms: Old English
related terms:
  • English
  • Middle English
  • Modern English
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of the Germanic peoples who settled in England during the early fifth century.
  2. (US) A person of English ethnic descent.
  3. (US, Mexican-American) A light-skinned person presumably of British or other North European descent;
  4. (informal) Profanity, especially words derived from Old English.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Related to the Anglo-Saxon peoples or language.
  2. Related to nations which speak primarily English and influenced by English customs; especially United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia.{{cite web|title=Anglo-Saxon|url=|work=Cambridge Dictionary|publisher=Cambridge University Press|accessdate=6 December 2012}}
    • 1963, Claude Lévy-Strauss, Structural Anthropology, page 2, Basic Books, New York (Translated by Claire Jacobson and Brooke Schoepf.) [...] Ethnography thus aims at record- ing as accurately as possible the respective modes of life of various groups. Ethnology, on the other hand, utilizes for comparative purposes (the nature of which will be explained below) the data provided by the ethnographer. Thus, ethnography has the same meaning in all countries, and ethnology corresponds approximately to what is known in Anglo-Saxon countries—where the term eth- nology has become obsolete—as social or cultural anthropology.
  3. (politics) Favouring a liberal free market economy.
  4. (US) Descended from English or North European settlers.

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