• IPA: /ˈsæksən/

Saxon (plural Saxons)

  1. A member of an ancient West Germanic tribe that lived at the eastern North Sea coast and south of it.
  2. A native or inhabitant of Saxony.
    • 2002, Jonathan Grix, Paul Cooke, East German distinctiveness in a unified Germany, page 142:
      [...] in West Germany Saxony and Saxons became synonymous with Ulbricht's Communist regime, [...]
    • 2008, Eckbert Schulz-Schomburgk, From Leipzig to Venezuela, page 40:
      Dealing with people there was different from the way I dealt with Saxons, Berliners and others back in Leipzig.
  3. (uncountable, US printing, rare, dated) A size of type between German and Norse, 2-point type.
  4. (Ireland, Wales, poetic) An English/British person.
    • 1973, Sean McCarthy, Shanagolden (song):
      Then came the call to arms, love, the heather was aflame / Down from the silent mountains, the Saxon strangers came.
  5. A kind of rapidly spinning ground-based firework.
Related terms Translations
  • German: Sachse
  • Portuguese: saxão, saxônio, saxônico
  • Russian: сакс
  • Spanish: sajón
Translations Translations
  • German: Non Plus Ultra, Viertelpetit
Proper noun
  1. The language of the ancient Saxons.
  2. The dialect of modern High German spoken in Saxony.
  3. Surname
  4. A male given name or directly from the noun Saxon.
Related terms Translations Adjective

Saxon (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the Saxons.
  2. Of or relating to Saxony.
  3. Of or relating to the Saxon language.
  4. (Ireland, Wales, poetic) Of or relating to England, typically as opposed to a Celtic nationality.
Related terms Translations
  • German: sächsisch
  • Portuguese: saxão, saxônio, saxônico
  • Russian: саксо́нский
  • Spanish: sajón

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