- (in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England. Capital: Winchester.
- the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire.
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Examples from the Web for wessex
At no time during the shoot was Viscount Severn directly in front of the Earl of Wessex.Prince Charles Photographed Shooting, Charges of Animal Cruelty and Royal Hypocrisy Reignited
December 1, 2014
King Alfred of Wessex repelled the attacks and laid the foundations for a kingdom that would become known as England.Scientists Find Remains of Alfred The Great Or King Edward The Elder
January 17, 2014
Also present were Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.Kate Middleton Stuns in Temperley Dress
October 24, 2012
The Royal visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex to the territory raised tensions in Spain.Edward's Visit to Gibraltar Stirs Up Spanish Anger
June 14, 2012
"You should do for this country what Thomas Hardy has done for Wessex," he said.A Daughter of the Middle Border
Guthrum was baptized, and the Treaty of Wedmore secured the clearance of Wessex.A Short History of England
G. K. Chesterton
The men of the Wessex Fusiliers are determined and well-disciplined fellows.Lady Bountiful
George A. Birmingham
They went to war with the men of Wessex and were defeated by them.
The supremacy of Mercia passed to that of Wessex—London went with the supremacy.
- an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in S and SW England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century a.d
- (in Thomas Hardy's works) the southwestern counties of England, esp Dorset
- (as modifier)Wessex Poems
- Earl of Wessex See Edward (def. 2)
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