noun Often Disparaging.

  1. a term used by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles to refer to the English inhabitants.


  1. Scot and sometimes Irish an English person or a Lowland Scot

n.Gaelic for “English person,” 1771, Sassenaugh, literally “Saxon,” from Gaelic Sasunnach, from Latin Saxones, from a Germanic source (cf. Old English Seaxe “the Saxons;” see Saxon). The modern form of the word was established c.1814 by Sir Walter Scott, from Scottish Sasunnoch, Irish Sasanach, Welsh Seisnig.

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