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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There is no evidence that he had any _special_ interest in Old English studies.