Definition of Anglian in English:



  • 1Relating to the ancient Angles.

    • ‘More recently, Chris Scull has shown that the buildings have parallels in the Anglo-Saxon south, and that occupation may not have begun until the second half of the 6th century, after the area had fallen under Anglian sway.’
    • ‘The Anglian or Anglic dialects were Mercian, associated with the kingdom of Mercia and spoken from the Thames to the Humber, and Northumbrian, associated with the kingdom of Northumbria, and spoken from the Humber to the Forth.’
    • ‘This, plus Anglian settlements in the west and Norse colonization in Cumbria, gives the place-names of the region a striking cultural mix.’
    • ‘If the merchants were Saxons or Mercians or Goths, does the Old English term ‘Ongles’ imply their shared exclusion from an Anglian / Angelic salvation?’
    • ‘They were joined by an imposing but unwelcome visitor: the new king, Swein Forkbeard the Dane, had arrived fresh from conquering England to pillage both the wealthy shrine of St Edmund and the property of his new East Anglian subjects.’
    • ‘In 991, the East Anglian Anglo-Saxons, led by Earl Byrthnorth, were totally defeated by the Vikings at the Battle of Maldon.’
    • ‘As well as the Roman remains, there could be Viking and Anglian finds - and possibly even the lost church of St John in the Marsh, after which the new St John's Square is named.’
    • ‘The work also established the location of a medieval church called St John in the Marsh, as well as uncovering remains from the Viking and Anglian periods.’
    • ‘The British combined sufficiently to check the Saxons at Mount Badon, but thereafter their unity broke up, leaving Anglian principalities to the south-east, in Bernicia and Deira.’
    • ‘The term probably indicates a hairstyle worn only by Anglian nobility.’
    • ‘Given the survival of the church, there is the possibility of continuity in Conisbrough from the Anglian period, through the Viking Age, to the Norman conquest and beyond.’
    • ‘Gregory does not make men of boys, but widens his frame of reference in this moment of missionary zeal to include all Angles, thus implying his desire for the salvation of the entire Anglian race.’
    • ‘These Anglian boys, Bede says through the term candidus, shine like holy angels.’
    • ‘North-east of the Multangular Tower is another stretch of Constantinian wall and the base of the Anglian tower, a late or post-Roman feature.’
    • ‘The city was, at the time, the capital of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria, the people of which were engaged in a bitter civil war between King Osbert and his rival Aelle.’
    • ‘Little Domesday survives because the East Anglian material had not yet been incorporated when William died and all further work on the project was abandoned.’
    • ‘The graves contain some of the earliest pagan Anglian (not Anglican as some newspapers report it) settlers in Britain, who arrive from their Germanic homelands not long after the end of Roman rule.’
    • ‘Instead of acknowledging whoever had succeeded Guthrum to the kingship, they chose to honour Edmund as the only king; undermining Viking claims to legitimacy by removing them from the list of East Anglian rulers altogether.’
    • ‘Eventually the Romans of the North and the Saxon, or Anglian, incomers coalesced to form a force which succeeded, where Rome had failed, in creating a firm frontier with Scotland.’
    • ‘It was unlikely but not completely impossible that these axes too, like the vast majority of the other East Anglian axes, came from somewhere else.’
  • 2Geology
    Relating to or denoting a Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Elsterian of northern Europe (and perhaps the Mindel of the Alps).

    • ‘According to Tappin et al., the basal Pleistocene deposits in the Celtic Deep are of Anglian age which is strikingly close to a date of 450 ka, the youngest age of the Oxfordshire quartzites derived from around Birmingham.’
    1. 2.1as noun the Anglian The Anglian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.


From Latin Angli (see Angle) + -ian.