There are 2 main definitions of hessian in English:

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hessian 1

Pronunciation: /ˈheSHən/

noun

A strong, coarse fabric made from hemp or jute, used for sacks.
Example sentences
  • Garden rubbish is also collected in hessian sacks for a small charge.
  • These would be covered with layers of hessian sacking.
  • Burnished gold wallpaper, hand-made from silk and hessian, lines the walls on which are hung oil portraits of distinguished grand masters, including one by Raeburn.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Hesse (see Hesse) + -ian.

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Syllabification: hes·sian

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There are 2 main definitions of hessian in English:

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Hessian 2

Pronunciation: /ˈhɛsɪən/
Pronunciation: /ˈheSHən/

adjective

Relating to or characteristic of the German state of Hesse: the Hessian nobility
More example sentences
  • The British paid Hessian troops to help fight in the American Revolution.
  • Although Frederika was the wife of a Hessian general, she was adored by both sides and even befriended by Thomas Jefferson.
  • If the Hessian musicians feel embarrassed by a single note of Antheil's music, they don't reveal it.

noun

A native or inhabitant of the German state of Hesse: a rising young Hessian
More example sentences
  • In Irving's short story, the Hessian was killed by a cannon ball rather than a bunch of puny colonials.
  • He defeated the British Hessians at Trenton.
  • The Americans took Hessians prisoner, and treated them very well.

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Syllabification: Hes·sian

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