1. A member of one of the Germanic peoples, the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes, who settled in Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries.
2. Any of the descendants of the Anglo-Saxons, who were dominant in England until the Norman Conquest of 1066.
3. See Old English.
4. A person of English ancestry.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Anglo-Saxons, their descendants, or their language or culture; English.
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