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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Germanic people that migrated to England from southern Jutland in the 5th century A.D., founded the kingdoms of Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia, and together with the Jutes and Saxons formed the Anglo-Saxon peoples.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a Germanic tribe first mentioned by Tacitus, one of several which invaded Britain and merged to become the Anglo-Saxons.

Etymologies

From Latin Angl─ź, the Angles, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Mostly derived from the toponym Angle, from *anguz "narrow, tight; tapering, angular", either indicating the "narrow" water (i.e. the Schlei estuary), or the "angular" shape of the peninsula. (Wiktionary)

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