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John of Gaunt

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noun
  1. Duke of Lancaster, 1340–99, English soldier and statesman: fourth son of Edward III; founder of the royal house of Lancaster (father of Henry IV of England).

Gaunt

[gawnt, gahnt]
noun
  1. John of. John of Gaunt.
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British Dictionary definitions for john of gaunt

John of Gaunt

noun
  1. Duke of Lancaster. 1340–99, son of Edward III: virtual ruler of England during the last years of his father's reign and during Richard II's minority

Word Origin

Gaunt, variant of Ghent, where he was born

gaunt

adjective
  1. bony and emaciated in appearance
  2. (of places) bleak or desolate
Derived Formsgauntly, adverbgauntness, noun

Word Origin

C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person
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Word Origin and History for john of gaunt

gaunt

adj.

mid-15c. (as a surname from mid-13c.), from Middle French gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man") and somehow connected with the root of gander. Connection also has been suggested to Old French jaunet "yellowish" [Middle English Dictionary].

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