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[heng-gist, hen-jist]
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  1. died a.d. 488?, chief of the Jutes: with his brother Horsa led the Teutonic invasion of southern Britain c440.
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Examples from the Web for hengist

Historical Examples

  • I am Hengist and Horsa; I am of the ancient heroes, even legendary to them.

    The Mutiny of the Elsinore

    Jack London

  • And the line of Hengist and Cerdic shall be rased from the roll of empire.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • And the children of Hengist are traitors and rebels—not the heirs of Ambrosius and Uther.

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    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The blood and the tradition of Hengist and Horsa are in his veins.

  • A conference was proposed by Hengist, and accepted by Vortigern.

British Dictionary definitions for hengist


  1. died ?488 ad, a leader, with his brother Horsa, of the first Jutish settlers in Britain; he is thought to have conquered Kent (?455)
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