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 Archaic English or Middle English speech or writing, or an imitation of this: old English.

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  • noun English prior to about 1100


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  • Very nice article/book review by Ammon Shea here.

    March 7, 2010