1. Saint,1033–1109, archbishop of Canterbury: scholastic theologian and philosopher.
  2. Also An·sel [an-suh l, -sel] /ˈæn səl, -sɛl/. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “divine” and “helmet.”


  1. Saint. 1033–1109, Italian Benedictine monk; archbishop of Canterbury (1093–1109): one of the founders of scholasticism; author of Cur Deus Homo? (Why did God become Man?). Feast day: Aug 21

masc. proper name, from Latin Anselmus, from Old High German Ansehelm, literally “having a divine helmet,” from ansi “god” (see Asgard) + helm (see helm (n.2)).

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