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[mur-shee-uh n, -shuh n]
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  1. of or relating to Mercia, its inhabitants, or their dialect.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Mercia.
  2. the dialect of Old English spoken in Mercia.

Origin of Mercian

First recorded in 1505–15; Merci(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for mercian

Historical Examples

  • He is dethroned by the Mercian King, and lives an exile in a Christian land.

    Legends of the Saxon Saints

    Aubrey de Vere

  • This is confirmed by the present state of the Mercian dialects.

  • Hence the Mercian king must then have been the overlord of London.

  • Hence the Mercian King must then have been the overlord of London.

    The Story of London

    Henry B. Wheatley

  • Original political relations—Mercian rather than Northumbrian.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

British Dictionary definitions for mercian


  1. of or relating to Mercia or the dialect spoken there
  1. the dialect of Old and Middle English spoken in the Midlands of England south of the River Humber
  2. a native or inhabitant of MerciaSee also Anglian, Northumbrian
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