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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by seven persons.
  • n. A state governed by seven persons.
  • n. The informal confederation of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms from the fifth to the ninth century, consisting of Kent, Sussex, Wessex, Essex, Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. government by seven people
  • n. A state governed by seven people, or an association of seven states (as in Anglo-Saxon Britain)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A government by seven persons; also, a country under seven rulers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A government by seven persons; also, a group of seven kingdoms or governments: in the latter sense used only in English history, of the seven principal Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Kent, Sussex, Wessex, Essex, Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia.

Etymologies

hepta- + -archy (Wiktionary)

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