Definition of Sassenach in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsasəˌnak/
Scottish & Irish derogatory


An English person.
Example sentences
  • I think a complete break-up of the union would be foolish for all of us, Sassenachs and Scots alike.
  • Imagine the same holding true for the Scottish parliament, which has a fair contingent of Sassenachs.
  • With only some 15,000 players aged between eight and 18 to England's quarter of a million, Scotland do not have the kind of conveyor belt that the Sassenachs so often enjoy.


Example sentences
  • It leaves the typical member of the Glasgow professional class with a distinct but wholly comprehensible (to Sassenach ears) Scottish accent.
  • The media community is reluctant to admit that Sassenach papers could overtake the homegrown product.
  • Indeed, at one point, with only six men, they drove the eight-strong Sassenach pack back with a splendidly concerted shove.


Early 18th century (as a noun): from Scottish Gaelic Sasunnoch, Irish Sasanach, from Latin Saxones 'Saxons'.

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Syllabification: Sas·se·nach

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