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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.
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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
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(ˈwɛs ɪks)

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.
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Noun1.Wessex - a Saxon kingdom in southwestern England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century
England - a division of the United Kingdom
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References in classic literature ?
Has the British soldier, one wonders, yet discovered Rudyard Kipling, or is the Wessex peasant aware of Thomas Hardy?
The town itself is a famous old place, dating from the dim days of King Ethelred, when the Danes anchored their warships in the Kennet, and started from Reading to ravage all the land of Wessex; and here Ethelred and his brother Alfred fought and defeated them, Ethelred doing the praying and Alfred the fighting.
By "this side of the Humber" Alfred means the south side, for now the center of learning was no longer Northumbria, but Wessex.
There was but one problem before the public which could challenge his powers of analysis, and that was the singular disappearance of the favorite for the Wessex Cup, and the tragic murder of its trainer.
Up to the time of the catastrophe he was the first favorite for the Wessex Cup, the betting being three to one on him.
'You've two horses in for the Wessex Cup--Silver Blaze and Bayard.
Four days later Holmes and I were again in the train, bound for Winchester to see the race for the Wessex Cup.
Wessex Plate [it ran] 50 sovs each h ft with 1000 sovs added for four and five year olds.
a Wessex man, a citizen of the noblest Saxon kingdom of Wessex, a regular "Angular Saxon," the very soul of me adscriptus glebae.
In Paddington all Cornwall is latent and the remoter west; down the inclines of Liverpool Street lie fenlands and the illimitable Broads; Scotland is through the pylons of Euston; Wessex behind the poised chaos of Waterloo.
It is a familiar story how Alfred, king from 871 to 901 of the southern kingdom of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex looked gorgeous and elegant on her recent outing following reports that she got into a car crash earlier that day.