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

  • A historical region and Anglo-Saxon kingdom of southeast England. Probably settled by Saxons in the early sixth century, the kingdom was long dominated by Mercia and later by Wessex before and after its inclusion in the Danelaw territories from 886 to 917. There are important Roman and Saxon remains in the area.
  • An unincorporated community of northeast Maryland, a manufacturing suburb of Baltimore. Population: 39,000.
  • Essex, Second Earl of See Robert Devereux.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A maritime county of England bordered by the North Sea, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Middlesex, and separated from Kent by the Thames estuary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breed of black hogs, of small size, named from Essex, England, where the breed had its origin: valued chiefly for rapid growth and early maturity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a county in southeastern England on the North Sea and the Thames estuary


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