Main meanings of hessian in English

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Pronunciation /ˈhɛsɪən/

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mass nounmainly British
  • A strong, coarse fabric made from hemp or jute, used for sacks and upholstery.

    as modifier ‘hessian sacks’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combine any of these - the more the better - in muslin or hessian bags, and hang around the house.’
    • ‘Once you've got the idea, its simply a matter of sketching the outline with a felt pen on your piece of hessian, and you're away.’
    • ‘The sitting room had curtains made from the famous William Morris floral print in brown, and brown hessian wallpaper, which was very fashionable.’
    • ‘The result is magical - part modern colonial, part traditional English conservatory, with hessian blinds to keep out the sun in the summer and screens and heaters to keep it warm and cosy in the winter.’
    • ‘At 6.30 this morning we moved the rest of the carpet out (some via the window as the old hessian backing was so crispy dry that it wouldn't bend round corners).’
    • ‘Fred, 16, has spent hours in one of the outhouses getting the old cider press to work although the result, says Roger, did taste slightly of hessian.’
    • ‘We shuffled inside and sat cross-legged on hessian mats, at least 1,000 people, I reckoned.’
    • ‘The children had a choice of fake fur, felt, hessian and netting to transform their bags and then added the finishing touches with buttons and ribbons.’
    • ‘Terracotta pots can be wrapped in hessian, or bubble wrap.’
    • ‘Covering the pot in bubble wrap, horticultural fleece or hessian during severe weather should also help to prevent it from freezing.’
    • ‘A small plastic or wooden crate, covered with a sheet of plastic or damp hessian will do until you're ready to plant.’
    • ‘He designs the earthy-coloured clothing and uses printed hessian, synthetic leather and cottons to create stunning outfits.’
    • ‘There was a small boat, an improvised currach-type constructed from hessian stretched over a wooden frame and doused with pitch to make it waterproof.’
    • ‘Prior to that, paper was mounted onto stretched hessian and attached to the wall by wooden battens, the traditional way of attaching fabric to walls.’
    • ‘To protect shrubs, erect a windbreak by inserting stout canes round the plant and then fixing several layers of hessian or netting to them.’
    • ‘Protect frost tender young trees with tomato stakes and hessian.’
    • ‘Don't store them in plastic bags if you can avoid it, use paper or hessian instead.’
    hessian, sacking, hopsack, hopsacking, burlap


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

Main meanings of Hessian in English

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Pronunciation /ˈhɛsɪən/

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  • Relating to or characteristic of the German state of Hesse.

    ‘the Hessian nobility’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Protestants, the Hessian princes shied away from arranging marriages with Catholic rulers.’
    • ‘From 1987 to 1991, Fischer served in various capacities in the Hessian State Assembly.’


  • A native or inhabitant of the German state of Hesse.

    ‘a rising young Hessian’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bold proceeding on the part of the bishop sealed the success of Christianity among the Hessians and Thuringians.’
    • ‘After the war, a good number of Hessians decided to live in America.’