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A region and Anglo-Saxon kingdom of eastern England. Settled by Angles in the late fifth century ad, it was a powerful kingdom by the late sixth century but became a dependency of Mercia for long periods after 650. The Danes controlled the region from 886 to 917, after which it became an English earldom.
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1. (Placename) a region of E England south of the Wash: consists of Norfolk and Suffolk, and parts of Essex and Cambridgeshire
2. (Historical Terms) an Anglo-Saxon kingdom that consisted of Norfolk and Suffolk in the 6th century ad; became a dependency of Mercia in the 8th century
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a region in E England, consisting chiefly of Norfolk and Suffolk.
2. a kingdom of the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy in E Britain.
East′ An′glian, adj., n.
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