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heptarchy

[ hep-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈhɛp tɑr ki /
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noun, plural hep·tar·chies.

(often initial capital letter) the seven principal concurrent Anglo-Saxon kingdoms supposed to have existed in the 7th and 8th centuries.
government by seven persons.
an allied group of seven states or kingdoms, each under its own ruler.

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Origin of heptarchy

First recorded in 1570–80; hept- + -archy

OTHER WORDS FROM heptarchy

heptarch, hep·tar·chist, nounhep·tar·chic, hep·tar·chi·cal, hep·tar·chal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heptarchy

heptarchy
/ (ˈhɛptɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

government by seven rulers
a state divided into seven regions each under its own ruler
  1. the seven kingdoms into which Anglo-Saxon England is thought to have been divided from about the 7th to the 9th centuries ad : Kent, East Anglia, Essex, Sussex, Wessex, Mercia, and Northumbria
  2. the period when this grouping existed

Derived forms of heptarchy

heptarch, nounheptarchic or heptarchal, adjective
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