Part of speech: noun

A group of seven kingdoms.

Part of speech: noun

Government by seven persons.

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Usage examples "heptarchy":

  1. All orders of men were involved in this calamity, and the priests and monks, who had been commonly spared in the domestic quarrels of the Heptarchy, were the chief objects on which the Danish idolators exercised their rage and animosity. - "The History of England, Volume I", David Hume.
  2. Jersey's speech was extremely well received, though his reference to the Union of the Saxon Heptarchy as precursor to that of the Australian States enabled one of the papers to indulge next day in witticisms. - "Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life", Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey.
  3. Come, Daisy, suppose we go down on the sand- beach to- morrow, and we will play out the Saxon Heptarchy there as we played out the Crimea. - "Melbourne House", Elizabeth Wetherell.