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  1. 2nd Earl of. Devereux, Robert.
  2. a county in SE England. 1418 sq. mi. (3670 sq. km).
  3. a town in N Maryland, near Baltimore.
  4. a town in W Vermont.
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Examples from the Web for essex

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Historical Examples

  • Four maids of honour, we learn, were enceintes to Essex at the same time.

  • Just now you spoke of your Essex lands in the fair Vale of Dedham as gone.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • At Rettenden, Essex, there is a room over the vestry which has evidently been an anchor-hold.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent are the most rich in this respect.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • It lies on the Morris and Essex railroad, two hours ride from Hoboken.

    Black Bass

    Charles Barker Bradford

British Dictionary definitions for essex


  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
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  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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Word Origin and History for essex


Old English East-Seaxe "East Saxons," who had a 7c. kingdom there.

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