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  1. Arthurian Romance. wife of King Arthur and mistress of Lancelot.
  2. a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for guinevere

Historical Examples of guinevere

  • But for that, a Guinevere and Vivien rolled into one, plus Messalina!

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • Then with an unreflective inspiration: “Did you ever read about Launcelot and Guinevere?”

    The Flaw in the Sapphire

    Charles M. Snyder

  • The king and Guinevere had withdrawn, but were expected to return.

  • Say to your king that I will give him Guinevere for his wife.

  • Then he meant to give it with the eight others to Queen Guinevere.

British Dictionary definitions for guinevere


Guenevere (ˈɡwɛnɪˌvɪə) or Guinever (ˈɡwɪnɪvə)

  1. (in Arthurian legend) the wife of King Arthur and paramour of Lancelot
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Word Origin and History for guinevere


fem. proper name, from Welsh Gwenhwyvar, literally "white-cheeked."

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guinevere in Culture



The wife of King Arthur (see also King Arthur). In some versions of the legends of Arthur, she has a love affair with Sir Lancelot that leads to the end of the reign of Arthur and the fellowship of the Round Table.

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