Meaning of Old Saxon in English:

Old Saxon


  • 1A member of the Saxon peoples who remained in Germany, as opposed to an Anglo-Saxon.

    ‘These men came from three nations of Germany: from the Old Saxons, from the Angles, from the Jutes.’
    • ‘Originally a name for the Saxons who with the Angles invaded and settled in Britain, to contrast them with the Old Saxons of Germany.’
    • ‘The level of Latin learning to be found at Alfred's court in his lifetime suggests that it was little more than a pious hope, while the achievements of Grimbald of St Bertin and of John the Old Saxon have left almost no visible trace.’
  • 2mass noun The dialect of Old Low German spoken in Saxony up to c.1200.

    ‘I'm assuming there are high degrees of overlap between Old Saxon and Old English’
    • ‘This is a comprehensive study of Old Saxon metre, with a particular emphasis on the Heliand.’
    • ‘Closely related to Old Saxon and Old Frisian, it forms part of the Germanic grouping within the Indo-European language system.’
    • ‘There were also the vernaculars such as Irish, Old English, Old Norse, Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German, Hebrew, and the Slav languages, and in the east a host more such as Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian, and Aramaic.’
    • ‘For example, the god known to early Germanic tribes as Wodhanaz became Odhinn in Old Norse, Woden in Anglo-Saxon and Old Saxon, and Wuotan in Old High German.’


  • Relating to the Old Saxons or their language.

    • ‘In the Heliand, a ninth-century Old Saxon alliterative verse retelling of the gospel, Christ teaches his disciples the secret runes that God spoke in the beginning when he called the world into being.’