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[duhn-stuh n]
  1. Saint,a.d. c925–988, English statesman: archbishop of Canterbury 961–978.
  2. a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “stone hill.”
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Historical Examples of dunstan

  • Dunstan decided against her, and caused Edward to be crowned.

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;

    Hezekiah Butterworth

  • Dunstan was now old and as full of craft and wickedness as he was full of years.

  • Saint Dunstan and Saint Christopher shield us from evil spirits!

    Windsor Castle

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Sir Dunstan Vaughan purchased it, and it had remained in the family ever since.

    The Shadow of a Sin

    Bertha M. Clay

  • Dunstan's speech is quoted in full by Hone from an old broadside.

British Dictionary definitions for dunstan


  1. Saint. ?909–988 ad, English prelate and statesman; archbishop of Canterbury (959–988). He revived monasticism in England on Benedictine lines and promoted education. Feast day: May 19
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