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

  • A historical region of northern Germany. The original home of the Saxons, it was conquered by Charlemagne in the eighth century and became a duchy after his death. Its borders were eventually extended southeastward as the region was subdivided and redivided. The dukes of Saxony became electors of the Holy Roman Empire in 1356, and in 1806 the elector was elevated to kingship but lost half his territory to Prussia in 1815. A later kingdom of Saxony was part of the German Empire (1871-1918).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of glossy woolen cloth formerly much used.
  • n. Saxony yarn, or flannel made of it or similar yarn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woolen material taking its name from the kingdom of Saxony, and supposed to be of superior quality from the high reputation of the wool of that country.

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

  • n. an area in Germany around the upper Elbe river; the original home of the Saxons


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.