[ es-iks ]

  1. 2nd Earl of. Devereux, Robert.

  2. a county in SE England. 1,418 sq. mi. (3,670 sq. km).

  1. a town in N Maryland, near Baltimore.

  2. a town in W Vermont.

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British Dictionary definitions for Essex (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɛsɪks) /

  1. 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)

  2. 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

British Dictionary definitions for Essex (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɛsɪks) /

  1. 2nd Earl of, title of Robert Devereux. ?1566–1601, English soldier and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I; executed for treason

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