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A region and ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of southern England. Founded by the descendants of Saxons who settled in Britain in the fifth century, Wessex became part of the unified kingdom of England in the tenth century.
1. (Placename) an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in S and SW England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century ad
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. (in Thomas Hardy's works) the southwestern counties of England, esp Dorset
b. (as modifier): Wessex Poems.
(Biography) Earl of Wessex See Edward22
1. an ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom, later an earldom, in S England. Cap.: Winchester.
2. the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire.