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Gascon

[gas-kuh n]
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noun
  1. a native of Gascony, France, the inhabitants of which were reputedly very boastful.
  2. (lowercase) a boaster or braggart.
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adjective
  1. pertaining to Gascony or its people.
  2. (lowercase) boastful; bragging.
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Origin of Gascon

1325–75; Middle English gascoyne, gascoun < Old French, ultimately < Latin Vascōnēs the inhabitants of the Basque country and adjacent areas
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  • The man shall answer to me, be he Gascon or English, who carries it beyond this room.

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  • "We are your subjects, sire," said the Gascon barons, though with no very good grace.

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  • The face of the Gascon darkened, and his eyes flashed with resentment.

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  • I remember such a one in Picardy, with a name as long as a Gascon's pedigree.

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  • "He is of the family of the Iscariot, I should opine," answered the Gascon.


British Dictionary definitions for gascon

gascon

noun
  1. rare a boaster; braggart
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French gascoun; compare Latin Vasconēs Basque

Gascon

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Gascony
  2. the dialect of French spoken in Gascony
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Gascony, its inhabitants, or their dialect of French
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Word Origin and History for gascon

Gascon

"native of Gascony," late 14c., from Middle French Gascon, from Vulgar Latin *Wasco, from Latin Vasco, singular of Vascones, the name of the ancient inhabitants of the Pyrénées (see Basque). Proverbially a boastful people, hence gasconade (n.), "bragging talk."

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