Old Saxon

Saxon Sax"on (s[a^]ks"[u^]n or -'n), n. [L. Saxo, pl. Saxones, from the Saxon national name; cf. AS. pl. Seaxe, Seaxan, fr. seax a knife, a short sword, a dagger (akin to OHG. sahs, and perhaps to L. saxum rock, stone, knives being originally made of stone); and cf. G. Sachse, pl. Sachsen. Cf. {Saxifrage}.] 1. (a) One of a nation or people who formerly dwelt in the northern part of Germany, and who, with other Teutonic tribes, invaded and conquered England in the fifth and sixth centuries. (b) Also used in the sense of Anglo-Saxon. (c) A native or inhabitant of modern Saxony. [1913 Webster]

2. The language of the Saxons; Anglo-Saxon. [1913 Webster]

{Old Saxon}, the Saxon of the continent of Europe in the old form of the language, as shown particularly in the ``Heliand'', a metrical narration of the gospel history preserved in manuscripts of the 9th century. [1913 Webster]

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  • Old Saxon — Spoken in northwest Germany, northeast Netherlands Era developed into Middle Low German in the 12th century Language family Indo European Germanic …   Wikipedia

  • Old Saxon — n. a West Germanic language, the oldest type of Low German, known chiefly from manuscripts of the 9th and 10th cent. A.D …   English World dictionary

  • Old Saxon — German Ger man, n.; pl. {Germans}[L. Germanus, prob. of Celtis origin.] 1. A native or one of the people of Germany. [1913 Webster] 2. The German language. [1913 Webster] 3. (a) A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding in capriciosly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Old Saxon — Old′ Sax′on n. peo Low German before c1100, attested principally in a literary form used in two religious poems of the 9th century Abbr.: OS …   From formal English to slang

  • Old Saxon — noun A west Germanic language historically tied to Anglo Saxon and Old Low Franconian. Syn: Old Low German …   Wiktionary

  • Old Saxon — the Saxon dialect of Low German in use before c1100. Abbr.: OS * * * …   Universalium

  • Old Saxon — /oʊld ˈsæksən/ (say ohld saksuhn) noun the Saxon dialect of Low German as spoken before 1100 …   Australian English dictionary

  • Old Saxon — noun the dialect of Old Low German spoken in Saxony up to c.1200 …   English new terms dictionary

  • Old Saxon — noun Date: 1841 the language of the Saxons of northwest Germany until about the 12th century see Indo European languages table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Old Saxon — ISO 639 3 Code : osx ISO 639 2/B Code : ISO 639 2/T Code : ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Individual Language Type : Historical …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

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