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Old English Syllabification: Old Eng·lish
Pronunciation: /ōld ˈiNG(ɡ)liSH/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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