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[hwit-ing-tuh n, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt ɪŋ tən, ˈwɪt-/
Richard ("Dick") 1358?–1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406–07, 1419–20. Unabridged
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  • Her husband is a very polite personage, but I wish he would not carry me out in his coach and six, like Whittington and his cat.

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

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • There is the Church of Whittington, close by the place where his college stood.

  • Immediately after Whittington's death the story was spread about.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • All those ideas are exploded like nursery rhymes, such as "Whittington and his Cat."

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar Godfrey Charles Morgan
  • In the year 1378 Whittington's name first appears in the City papers.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • It seemed to carry an admonition with it; something like the premonition conveyed to young Whittington by Bow Bells.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
  • In Whittington's later years began the burning of heretics and Lollards.

    The History of London Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for Whittington


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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