One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of the Saxon peoples who remained in Germany, as opposed to an Anglo-Saxon.
- ‘These men came from three nations of Germany: from the Old Saxons, from the Angles, from the Jutes.’
- ‘Originally a name for the Saxons who with the Angles invaded and settled in Britain, to contrast them with the Old Saxons of Germany.’
- ‘The level of Latin learning to be found at Alfred's court in his lifetime suggests that it was little more than a pious hope, while the achievements of Grimbald of St Bertin and of John the Old Saxon have left almost no visible trace.’
2mass noun The dialect of Old Low German spoken in Saxony up to c.1200.
- ‘For example, the god known to early Germanic tribes as Wodhanaz became Odhinn in Old Norse, Woden in Anglo-Saxon and Old Saxon, and Wuotan in Old High German.’
- ‘There were also the vernaculars such as Irish, Old English, Old Norse, Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German, Hebrew, and the Slav languages, and in the east a host more such as Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian, and Aramaic.’
- ‘I'm assuming there are high degrees of overlap between Old Saxon and Old English’
- ‘Closely related to Old Saxon and Old Frisian, it forms part of the Germanic grouping within the Indo-European language system.’
- ‘This is a comprehensive study of Old Saxon metre, with a particular emphasis on the Heliand.’
Relating to the Old Saxons or their language.
- ‘In the Heliand, a ninth-century Old Saxon alliterative verse retelling of the gospel, Christ teaches his disciples the secret runes that God spoke in the beginning when he called the world into being.’
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