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West Saxon

Syllabification: West Sax·on

Definition of West Saxon in English:

noun

1A native or inhabitant of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex.
Example sentences
  • In Anglo-Saxon times Wessex was a large kingdom of the West Saxons covering the present counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Berkshire.
  • The Saxons settled around the Thames, the south, and the south-west: East Saxons in Essex, Middle Saxons in Middlesex, South Saxons in Sussex, and West Saxons in Wessex.
  • Ecgberht had blood claims on the kingdom of the West Saxons and probably Kent; he became briefly king of the Mercians after defeating their king in battle.
2The dialect of Old English used by the West Saxons, the chief literary dialect of Old English.
Example sentences
  • Each group had its own usages, but West Saxon, the dialect of Wessex, became dominant and for a time served as the literary language.

adjective

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Of or relating to the West Saxons or their dialect.
Example sentences
  • The adoption of this standard reflected the political and ecclesiastical power of Wessex and the early literary exploitation of the West Saxon dialect by Alfred.
  • A few hundred years after the first invaders, some of their legends, told over and over again in mead halls throughout the country, would be written down as a poem in a West Saxon dialect, known to us as Beowulf.
  • The king's resources were no match for Cædwalla's, and when they met in battle the West Saxon fyrd was decisively defeated.

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