Definition of Sassenach in English:


Line breaks: Sas¦sen|ach
Pronunciation: /ˈsasənax
, -nak/
Scottish & Irish , • derogatory


  • An English person.
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    • 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.


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  • English.
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    • 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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