from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A region and former grand duchy of west-central Germany. Originally a medieval landgraviate, Hesse was later divided (1567) into four separate states, one of which was elevated to a grand duchy in 1806 before the whole region was absorbed (1871) into the German Empire.
  • Hermann,German-born Swiss writer many of whose works, including Siddhartha (1922) and Steppenwolf (1927), concern the individual's struggle to find wholeness and meaning in life. He won the 1946 Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • proper noun One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation.

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  • noun Swiss writer (born in Germany) whose novels and poems express his interests in eastern spiritual values (1877-1962)


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