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[n] English prior to about 1100
[n] a native or inhabitant of England prior to the Norman conquest
[n] 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'"; "this Anglo-Saxon view of things"
[adj] of or relating to the Anglo-Saxons or their language; "Anglo-Saxon poetry"; "The Anglo-Saxon population of Scotland"

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\An"glo-Sax"on\, n. [L. Angli-Saxones English Saxons.]
1. 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.
2. pl. The Teutonic people (Angles, Saxons, Jutes) of England, or the English people, collectively, before the Norman Conquest. It is quite correct to call [AE]thelstan ``King of the Anglo-Saxons,'' but to call this or that subject of [AE]thelstan ``an Anglo-Saxon'' is simply nonsense. --E. A. Freeman.
3. The language of the English people before the Conquest (sometimes called Old English). See {Saxon}.
4. 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.
\An"glo-Sax"on\, a. Of or pertaining to the Anglo-Saxons or their language.

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