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Whittington

[hwit-ing-tuh n, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt ɪŋ tən, ˈwɪt-/
noun
1.
Richard ("Dick") 1358?–1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406–07, 1419–20.
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  • Such reverses have been, since the days of Whittington; and were, long before.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • As to the truth of the story of Whittington's cat, there has been much earnest discussion.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Not "turn again, Whittington," like those of Bow, in the days of yore?'

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • Major Whittington, I have not had a furlough since we landed in France.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy
  • Immediately after Whittington's death the story was spread about.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • In the year 1378 Whittington's name first appears in the City papers.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • In Whittington's later years began the burning of heretics and Lollards.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • There is nothing to show that Whittington ever swerved from orthodox opinions.

    The History of London Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for Whittington

Whittington

/ˈwɪtɪŋtən/
noun
1.
Richard, known as Dick. died 1423, English merchant, three times mayor of London. According to legend, he walked to London at the age of 13 with his cat and was prevented from leaving again only by the call of the church bells
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