from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The English language from the middle of the 5th to the beginning of the 12th century.
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- proper noun linguistics, history The ancestor language of Modern English, also called
Anglo-Saxon, spoken in most of Britain from about 400 to 1100.
- proper noun nonstandard
ArchaicEnglish or Middle Englishspeech or writing, or an imitation of this: old English.
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- noun English prior to about 1100
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There is no evidence that he had any _special_ interest in Old English studies.