heptarchy

noun
hep·​tar·​chy | \ ˈhep-ˌtär-kē How to pronounce heptarchy (audio) \

Definition of heptarchy

: a hypothetical confederacy of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of the seventh and eighth centuries

First Known Use of heptarchy

1576, in the meaning defined above

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