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Duncan

[duhng-kuh n]
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noun
  1. Isadora,1878–1927, U.S. dancer: pioneer in modern dance.
  2. Robert,1919–88, U.S. poet.
  3. a city in S Oklahoma.
  4. a male given name.
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Duncan I

noun
  1. died 1040, king of Scotland 1030–40: murdered by Macbeth.
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  • Holinshed makes Duncan have "too much of clemencie," and Macbeth "too much of crueltie."

  • He crawled along the rock and shook Duncan from his heavy slumbers.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Cora folded Alice to her bosom in agony, and Duncan sprang to his feet.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Duncan witnessed all their movements with renewed uneasiness.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • You know him, Duncan, or you would not trust yourself so freely to his keeping?

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for duncan

Duncan

noun
  1. Isadora (ˌɪzəˈdɔːrə). 1878–1927, US dancer and choreographer, who influenced modern ballet by introducing greater freedom of movement
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Duncan I

noun
  1. died 1040, king of Scotland (1034–40); killed by Macbeth
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Word Origin and History for duncan

Duncan

from Gaelic donn "brown, dark" (see dun (adj.)) + ceann "head."

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