biographical name
Hes·​se | \ ˈhe-sə How to pronounce Hesse (audio) \

Definition of Hesse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Hermann 1877–1962 German author


geographical name
\ ˈhes How to pronounce Hesse (audio) , ˈhe-sē, ˈhe-sə\
variants: or German Hessen \ ˈhe-​sᵊn How to pronounce Hessen (audio) \

Definition of Hesse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 region of west central Germany north of Baden-Württemberg, divided into Hesse-Darmstadt (in the south) and Hesse-Cas*sel \ ˈhes-​ˈka-​sᵊl How to pronounce ˈhes-ˈka-sᵊl (audio) , -​ˈkä-​ , ˈhe-​sē-​ , ˈhe-​sə-​\ (in the north)

Note: Hesse-Cassel was united with Prussia in 1866 as part of the province of Hesse-Nassau along with the duchy of Nassau and the city of Frankfurt am Main.

2 state of the Weimar Republic, equivalent to Hesse-Darmstadt
3 state of Germany and formerly of West Germany including the larger part of Hesse-Darmstadt and part of Hesse-Nassau; capital Wiesbaden area 8151 square miles (21,111 square kilometers), population 5,971,816

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