west saxon

west Sax·on
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [west sak-suh n]
    • /wɛst ˈsæk sən/
    • /west ˈsæk.sən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [west sak-suh n]
    • /wɛst ˈsæk sən/

Definitions of west saxon words

  • noun west saxon the Old English dialect of the West Saxon kingdom, dominant after a.d. c850 and the medium of nearly all the literary remains of Old English. 1
  • noun west saxon any of the English of the period before the Norman Conquest who lived in the region south of the Thames and west of Surrey and Sussex. 1
  • noun west saxon a person whose native tongue was West Saxon. 1
  • adjective west saxon of or relating to the West Saxons or their dialect. 1
  • adjective west saxon of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect 0
  • noun west saxon the dialect of Old English spoken in Wessex: the chief literary dialect of Old English 0

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Origin of west saxon

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English, for Old English Westseaxan Wessex; see west, Saxon

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Parts of speech for West saxon


west saxon popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 66% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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