Old-english meaning

The English language from the middle of the 5th to the beginning of the 12th century.
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Old English was the language used by Anglo-Saxtons from around 450 to 1150 that used many German words, was formal and was very different from modern English.

The language that the book Beowulf is written in is an example of Old English.

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The Low German language of the Anglo-Saxons, comprising West Saxon, the major literary dialect, and the Kentish, Northumbrian, and Mercian dialects: it was spoken in England from c. a.d. 450 to c. a.d. 1100
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(linguistics, history) The ancestor language of Modern English, also called Anglo-Saxon, spoken in most of Britain from about 400 to 1100.
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(nonstandard, technically incorrect) Archaic English or Middle English speech or writing, or an imitation of this: old English.
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