1A member of the Saxon peoples who remained in Germany, as opposed to an Anglo-Saxon.
- These men came from three nations of Germany: from the Old Saxons, from the Angles, from the Jutes.
- Originally a name for the Saxons who with the Angles invaded and settled in Britain, to contrast them with the Old Saxons of Germany.
- The level of Latin learning to be found at Alfred's court in his lifetime suggests that it was little more than a pious hope, while the achievements of Grimbald of St Bertin and of John the Old Saxon have left almost no visible trace.
2 [mass noun] The dialect of Old Low German spoken in Saxony up to circa 1200.
- I'm assuming there are high degrees of overlap between Old Saxon and Old English
- This is a comprehensive study of Old Saxon metre, with a particular emphasis on the Heliand.
- Closely related to Old Saxon and Old Frisian, it forms part of the Germanic grouping within the Indo-European language system.
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