Definition of Old English in English:
The language of the Anglo-Saxons (up to about 1150), a highly inflected language with a largely Germanic vocabulary, very different from modern English. Also called Anglo-Saxon.
- From the late 8th century on, the Vikings forced entry, occupied the land, and introduced Old Norse words into Old English.
- Diligently, he traces each letter from the ancient Semitic and Phoenician alphabets through Old English and Norman French, exploring shapes and pronunciation.
- In England laws had been written in Old English as early as the seventh century, and Bede had embarked on translating parts of the Bible in the eighth.
Definition of Old English in:
- British & World English dictionary
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