Meaning of Anglo-Saxonism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaŋɡləˈsaks(ə)nɪz(ə)m/


  • 1A word, phrase, or idiom of Old English origin; (hence) an Anglicism.

  • 2US A word that is regarded as vulgar, considered (especially humorously) to be of traditional Anglo-Saxon origin, with allusion to the idea of an earlier, uncomplicated era of language and culture; a swear word.

  • 3Identification with, or belief in the superiority of, England (or Britain), the English-speaking peoples, their civilization, culture, etc.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Quarterly Review. From Anglo-Saxon + -ism.