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[wes-iks] /ˈwɛs ɪks/
(in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England.
Capital: Winchester.
the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


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


Earl of Wessex, See Edward (sense 2)
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