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  1. (in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England. Capital: Winchester.
  2. the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire.
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  • "You should do for this country what Thomas Hardy has done for Wessex," he said.

  • Guthrum was baptized, and the Treaty of Wedmore secured the clearance of Wessex.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for wessex


  1. an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in S and SW England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century a.d
    1. (in Thomas Hardy's works) the southwestern counties of England, esp Dorset
    2. (as modifier)Wessex Poems
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  1. Earl of Wessex See Edward (def. 2)
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