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[lang-kuh-ster; for 4–8 also lang-kas-ter] /ˈlæŋ kə stər; for 4–8 also ˈlæŋ kæs tər/
the English royal family that reigned 1399–1461, descended from John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster), and that included Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI.
Compare York (def 1).
a member of this family.
a city in Lancashire, in NW England.
a city in SE Pennsylvania.
a town in S California.
a city in central Ohio.
a town in N Texas.
a town in W New York. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Edmund of Lancaster was among the most handsome of our princes.

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
  • Why do they say my father is for Lancaster and the Red Rose?

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • If this were not a personal collar, it may have been a livery of Henry of Lancaster as earl of Derby.

    Heraldry for Craftsmen & Designers William Henry St. John Hope
  • After this, both York and Lancaster retired from Court to their own country homes.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • In the city of Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, both of them remarkable for self-taught men, that were superfluous indeed.

    Speeches of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for Lancaster


a city in NW England, former county town of Lancashire, on the River Lune: castle (built on the site of a Roman camp); university (1964). Pop: 45 952 (2001)


/ˈlæŋkəstə; ˈlæŋˌkæstə/
the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lancaster

Loncastre (1086) "Roman Fort on the River Lune," a Celtic river name probably meaning "healthy, pure." The Lancastrians in the War of the Roses took their name from their descent from John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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