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Wessex

[wes-iks] /ˈwɛs ɪks/
noun
1.
(in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England.
Capital: Winchester.
2.
the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire.
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  • "You should do for this country what Thomas Hardy has done for Wessex," he said.

  • Guthrum was baptized, and the Treaty of Wedmore secured the clearance of Wessex.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • The men of the Wessex Fusiliers are determined and well-disciplined fellows.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • They went to war with the men of Wessex and were defeated by them.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • The supremacy of Mercia passed to that of Wessex—London went with the supremacy.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • When Mercia became subject to Wessex it was ruled by an alderman.

    The History of London Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for Wessex

Wessex1

/ˈwɛsɪks/
noun
1.
an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in S and SW England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century a.d
2.
  1. (in Thomas Hardy's works) the southwestern counties of England, esp Dorset
  2. (as modifier): Wessex Poems

Wessex2

noun
1.
Earl of Wessex, See Edward (sense 2)
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