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

Examples of heptarchy in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of heptarchy

1576, in the meaning defined above

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“Heptarchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptarchy. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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