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  1. Her·mann [her-mahn], /ˈhɛr mɑn/, 1877–1962, German novelist and poet: Nobel Prize 1946.

  2. German Hes·sen [hes-uhn]. /ˈhɛs ən/. a state in central Germany. 8,150 sq. mi. (21,110 sq. km). Capital: Wiesbaden.

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How to use Hesse in a sentence

  • A treaty was made with the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel for the hire of troops, and the naval and military forces were augmented.

  • Mr. Hesse was engaged and Dalyrimple, waiting, began idly fingering in a ledger on the stenographer's desk.

    Flappers and Philosophers | F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Two days later he again appeared in the office with the result of a count that had been asked for by Mr. Hesse, the bookkeeper.

    Flappers and Philosophers | F. Scott Fitzgerald

British Dictionary definitions for Hesse (1 of 2)


/ (hɛs) /

  1. a state of central Germany, formed in 1945 from the former Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau and part of the former state of Hesse; part of West Germany until 1990. Capital: Wiesbaden. Pop: 6 089 000 (2003 est). Area: 21 111 sq km (8151 sq miles): German name: Hessen (ˈhɛsən)

British Dictionary definitions for Hesse (2 of 2)


/ (hɛs, German ˈhɛsə) /

  1. Hermann (ˈhɛrman). 1877–1962, German novelist, short-story writer, and poet. His novels include Der Steppenwolf (1927) and Das Glasperlenspiel (1943): Nobel prize for literature 1946

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