Relating to or denoting the Germanic peoples who lived in England from the 5th to 11th centuries and their descendants and language.
Late 19th century: from anglo- "english" + saxon.
- The anglo-saxon period in England saw the establishment of many important cultural and political institutions.
- Anglo-Saxon literature, such as Beowulf, is considered to be some of the earliest and most important works in the English language.
- The anglo-saxon invasion of Britain had a lasting impact on the country, shaping its language, culture, and political system.
- Anglo-Saxon architecture, such as the great stone churches, is considered to be some of the most important examples of its kind.
- The anglo-saxon culture is often seen as being rugged, independent, and individualistic, and is said to have laid the foundations for the development of modern English society.