heptarchy

heptarchy

[hep-tahr-kee]
noun, plural heptarchies.
1.
(often initial capital letter) the seven principal concurrent Anglo-Saxon kingdoms supposed to have existed in the 7th and 8th centuries.
2.
government by seven persons.
3.
an allied group of seven states or kingdoms, each under its own ruler.

Origin:
1570–80; hept- + -archy

heptarch, heptarchist, noun
heptarchic, heptarchical, heptarchal, adjective
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heptarchy (ˈhɛptɑːkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
1.  government by seven rulers
2.  a state divided into seven regions each under its own ruler
3.  a.  the seven kingdoms into which Anglo-Saxon England is thought to have been divided from about the 7th to the 9th centuries ad: Kent, East Anglia, Essex, Sussex, Wessex, Mercia, and Northumbria
 b.  the period when this grouping existed
 
'heptarch
 
n
 
hep'tarchic
 
adj
 
hep'tarchal
 
adj

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