American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Offa Died 796. King of Mercia (757-796). With Charlemagne he signed the first recorded English commercial treaty (796).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as affa.
“Hemel-Hempstead, with the name Offa rudely carved upon it.”
““Oh yes,” said I, “it was built by an old Saxon king called Offa, against the incursions of the Welsh.””
“I had no fear that he would call Offa yet, or that Erling would suffer him to go to his comrades in the hall.”
“Sometimes the name Dykes may imply residence near some historic earthwork, such as Offa's Dyke, just as Wall, for which Waugh was used in the north, may show connection with the Roman wall.”
“Gareth Thomas MP, Labour's shadow universities minister drew attention to the fact that no institution had lowered its fees because of pressure from Offa.”
“Final details of how much universities will charge undergraduates next year were released on Tuesday by the Office for Fair Access Offa, which has vetted proposals to widen participation in higher education.”
“Offa revealed that negotiations took place with 52 institutions whose initial proposals did not meet the watchdog's expectations.”
“They were still busy as I crossed to the western bank and slipped down along Offa's Dyke path – a tunnel here through tangled brakes of hazel and holly.”
“Offa wants more universities to take students' backgrounds into account.”
“Offa said that universities that had the least diverse student population but were the most academically selective spent an annual average of £400 a student on widening access; from next year, they will be asked to spend up to £900.”
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