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[mur-shee-uh, -shuh]
  1. an early English kingdom in central Britain.
  2. a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for mercia

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Her husband had been Wulphere, King of Mercia, who died in 675.

  • He communicates his intention in a letter to Offa, King of Mercia.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages

    Frederick Somner Merryweather

  • Fethelgeta was the second, and of him came the kings of Mercia.

British Dictionary definitions for mercia


  1. a kingdom and earldom of central and S England during the Anglo-Saxon period that reached its height under King Offa (757–96)
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Word Origin and History for mercia


Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the Midlands, Latinized from Old English Mierce "men of the Marches," from mearc (see march (n.2)). Related: Mercian.

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