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[es-iks] /ˈɛs ɪks/
2nd Earl of, Devereux, Robert.
a county in SE England. 1418 sq. mi. (3670 sq. km).
a town in N Maryland, near Baltimore.
a town in W Vermont. Unabridged
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  • Consequently '1601' had not begun when Essex was already dead.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • East Saxons were those who dwelt in Essex, the county named after them.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • So of Henry Sidney's campaign, and so of the ill-fated Essex.

    The Glories of Ireland Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
  • Benfleet: a place in Essex, on the north bank of the Thames, not far from Southend.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • For two hours and a half the battle raged, the Phoebe throwing seven hundred eighteen-pound shots at the Essex.

    Ten Boys from History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
British Dictionary definitions for Essex


a county of SE England, on the North Sea and the Thames estuary; the geographical and ceremonial county includes Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea, which became independent unitary authorities in 1998. Administrative centre: Chelmsford. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 1 324 100 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3446 sq km (1310 sq miles)
an Anglo-Saxon kingdom that in the early 7th century ad comprised the modern county of Essex and much of Hertfordshire and Surrey. By the late 8th century, Essex had become a dependency of the kingdom of Mercia


2nd Earl of, title of Robert Devereux. ?1566–1601, English soldier and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I; executed for treason
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Word Origin and History for Essex

Old English East-Seaxe "East Saxons," who had a 7c. kingdom there.

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