John of Gaunt


noun

Duke of Lancaster, 1340–99, English soldier and statesman: fourth son of Edward III; founder of the royal house of Lancaster (father of Henry IV of England).

Definition for john of gaunt (2 of 2)

Gaunt

[ gawnt, gahnt ]
/ gɔnt, gɑnt /

noun

John of. John of Gaunt.
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British Dictionary definitions for john of gaunt (1 of 2)

John of Gaunt

/ (ɡɔːnt) /

noun

Duke of Lancaster. 1340–99, son of Edward III: virtual ruler of England during the last years of his father's reign and during Richard II's minority

Word Origin for John of Gaunt

Gaunt, variant of Ghent, where he was born

British Dictionary definitions for john of gaunt (2 of 2)

gaunt

/ (ɡɔːnt) /

adjective

bony and emaciated in appearance
(of places) bleak or desolate
Derived Formsgauntly, adverbgauntness, noun

Word Origin for gaunt

C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person
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Word Origin and History for john of gaunt

gaunt


adj.

mid-15c. (as a surname from mid-13c.), from Middle French gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man") and somehow connected with the root of gander. Connection also has been suggested to Old French jaunet "yellowish" [Middle English Dictionary].

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