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  1. Geoffrey,1340?–1400, English poet.
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  • Shall I then give you a full and true description of him in the words of Chaucer?

  • Cambuscan's mirror was, according to Chaucer, of Oriental origin.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • Chaucer has more than one reference to the man in the moon, and so have most of the older poets.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • Chaucer employs the word in a similar sense very frequently.

  • Yes, you will love and rejoice in your Chaucer more and more.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

British Dictionary definitions for chaucer


  1. Geoffrey. ?1340–1400, English poet, noted for his narrative skill, humour, and insight, particularly in his most famous work, The Canterbury Tales. He was influenced by the continental tradition of rhyming verse. His other works include Troilus and Criseyde, The Legende of Good Women, and The Parlement of Foules
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Word Origin and History for chaucer


family name, from Old French chaucier "maker of chausses," from chauces "clothing for the legs, breeches, pantaloons, hose" (related to case (n.2)). Middle English chawce was a general term for anything worn on the feet. Related: Chaucerian.

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