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

  • n. One of the Normans who lived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 or a descendant of these settlers.
  • n. The dialect of Old French, derived chiefly from Norman French, that was used by the Anglo-Normans.
  • n. The form of this dialect used in English law until the 17th century. Also called Anglo-French.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the period of Norman rule of England, 1066–1154.
  • adj. Pertaining to Normans in England after the Norman Conquest.
  • adj. Relating to their language.
  • n. A Norman who settled in England after the Norman Conquest, or a descendant of one.
  • proper n. The Romance language spoken in England by the ruling classes after the Norman Conquest, or the form of this language used in English law until the 17th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the English and Normans, or to the Normans who settled in England.
  • n. One of the English Normans, or the Normans who conquered England.
  • n. the French (Norman) language used in medieval England.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to both England and Normandy, or to their inhabitants.
  • Pertaining to the Normans who settled in England after the conquest in 1066.
  • Of both English and Norman descent.
  • n. One of the Normans who settled in England after its conquest by William of Normandy in 1066, or one of the descendants of such a settler.
  • n. The Norman dialect of Old French as spoken and separately developed in England.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the French (Norman) language used in medieval England


From Anglo- +‎ Norman. (Wiktionary)


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  • A century after the Conquest, architecture in England could fairly be called Anglo-Norman.

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