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1. The English language from the middle of the 5th to the beginning of the 12th century. Also called Anglo-Saxon.
2. Printing See black letter.
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1. (Languages) Also called: Anglo-Saxon the English language from the time of the earliest settlements in the fifth century ad to about 1100. The main dialects were West Saxon (the chief literary form), Kentish, and Anglian. Abbreviation: OE Compare Middle English, Modern English
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a Gothic typeface commonly used in England up until the 18th century
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1. the English language before c1150. Abbr.: OE
2. Print. a style of black letter.
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|Noun||1.||Old English - English prior to about 1100|
English, English language - an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
West Saxon - a literary dialect of Old English
Anglian - one of the major dialects of Old English
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