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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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AEthelwulf's reign begins, in manuscript A of the Chronicle, in 836 with the transfer of power in the West Saxon kingdom from Egbert to his son, AEthelwulf.