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

  • n. The English language from the middle of the 5th to the beginning of the 12th century. Also called Anglo-Saxon.
  • n. Printing See black letter.

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  • proper n. The ancestor language of Modern English, also called Anglo-Saxon, spoken in most of Britain from about 400 to 1100.
  • proper n. Archaic English or Middle English speech or writing, or an imitation of this: old English.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under English. n., 2.

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

  • n. English prior to about 1100


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  • Its root is the Old English boga, a curve, describing the wide bend in the River Yeo near by.


  • This 1781 term for an early form of what is now called “safe sex,” apparently pioneered by the prudent Welsh, was derived from the Old English bindan, “to bind together,” and was later applied to “men and women sleeping together, where the divisions of the house will not permit of better or more decent accommodation, with all their clothes on.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • The first year it was a dove with the word PEACE written in my first attempt at Old English calligraphy, shaky serifs making the word look like it was underwater.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • The All-Breed Dog Grooming course continues the training with classes on short-legged terriers, long-legged terriers, soft-coated terriers, Bouvier des Flandres, Old English sheepdogs, sporting dogs, long-haired dogs, short-haired dogs, and cats.

    You’re Certifiable

  • For $1.50 apiece, another entrepreneur sold pseudo-parchment attendance certificates with simulated Old English lettering; an additional $2.95 bought a pseudo space pen.

    First Man

  • The word, of Teutonic origin and first spelled bealde, appeared in Old English about the end of the first millennium.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • That first syllable, wal, is related to the Old English wale, which evolved into weal, as in commonweal, and then became wealth, in the sense of well-being as much as possession.


  • The sense here of the adjective sound comes from the second syllable of the Old English gesund, “health”—similar to the German Gesundheit! wished upon sneezers.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • The root of regret is the Old English grætan, “to weep.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time


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