English - Etymology
From Middle English *Saxon, Saxoun, from Old French *Saxoun, Saxon (“Saxon”), from Late Latin Saxonem, accusative of Saxo (“a Saxon”), from Proto-Germanic *Sahsô, probably originally a derivative of Proto-Germanic *sahsą (“rock, knife”), from Proto-Indo-European *sÁk-, *sek- (“to cut”). Cognate with Middle Low German Sasse (“someone speaking Saxon, i.e. (Middle) Low German”), Old English Seaxa (“a Saxon”), Old High German Sahso (“a Saxon”), Icelandic Saxi (“a Saxon”), Old English seax (“a knife, hip-knife, an instrument for cutting, a short sword, dirk, dagger”). More at sax.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /sæksən/
- Rhymes: -æksən
English - Noun
- A member of an ancient northern Germanic tribe that invaded England, together with Angles and Frisians, about the year 600.
A native or inhabitant of Saxony.
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English - Proper Noun
- The language of the ancient Saxons.
- A surname.
- A male given name of modern usage, from the surname, or directly from the noun Saxon.
English - Adjective
- Of or relating to the Saxons.
- Of or relating to Saxony.
- Of or relating to the Saxon language.
- (Ireland, poetic) English/British.