hep·​tar·​chy ˈhep-ˌtär-kē How to pronounce heptarchy (audio)
: a hypothetical confederacy of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of the seventh and eighth centuries

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The United States is made up of fifty states instead of a heptarchy of feuding kings. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heptarchy was in 1576

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“Heptarchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptarchy. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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