1877-1962; Ger. novelist in Switzerland
- state of central Germany: 8,152 sq mi (21,114 sq km); cap. Wiesbaden
- former region in WC Germany, embracing various political units historicallyGer. name Hes′sen
A region and former grand duchy of west-central Germany. Originally a medieval landgraviate, Hesse was later divided (1567) into four separate states, one of which was elevated to a grand duchy in 1806 before the whole region was absorbed (1871) into the German Empire.
- One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation.