Definitions for mercianˈmɜr ʃi ən, -ʃən

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Mer•ci•anˈmɜr ʃi ən, -ʃən(n.)

  1. a native or inhabitant of Mercia.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the dialect of Old English spoken in Mercia.

    Category: Peoples

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to Mercia, its inhabitants, or their dialect.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of Mercian:



  1. Mercian dialect

    Mercian was a language spoken in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. Together with Northumbrian, it was one of the two Anglian dialects. The other two dialects of Old English were Kentish and West Saxon. Each of those dialects was associated with an independent kingdom on the island. Of these, all of Northumbria and most of Mercia were overrun by the Vikings during the 9th century. Part of Mercia and all of Kent were successfully defended but were then integrated into Wessex. Because of the centralisation of power and the Viking invasions, there is little or no written evidence for the development of non-Wessex dialects after Alfred's unification, until the Middle English period.


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