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1) An adjective term pertaining to Anglophone cosmopolitan societies of predominantly Western characters, i.e. North America, Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, the British Isles, describing their intellectual traditions, national characters etc., as opposed to "Francophone", "Teutonic", "Habla Hispana" etc.

See also: Anglosphere

Originally, Anglo-Saxon denotes the English ethnicity as opposed to "Scots", "Welsh" and "Irish". Now it largely ceases to have an ethnic-racial significance and is replaced by more regional, "national" or "non-descriptive" identities.


2) The Anglo-Saxons were the Germanic-speaking tribes that invaded Britain after the collapse of the Roman Empire.

See: Anglo-Saxons


3) The Germanic component of the English language, as opposed to the many loanwords the language has obtained, especially from Romance languages. See also Old English.



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