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Lancaster

[lang-kuh-ster; for 4–8 also lang-kas-ter]
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noun
  1. the English royal family that reigned 1399–1461, descended from John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster), and that included Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI.Compare York(def 1).
  2. a member of this family.
  3. a city in Lancashire, in NW England.
  4. a city in SE Pennsylvania.
  5. a town in S California.
  6. a city in central Ohio.
  7. a town in N Texas.
  8. a town in W New York.
  9. Lancashire.
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Examples from the Web for lancaster

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Historical Examples

  • Do you mean about Eudora's going so often to the Lancaster girls' to tea?

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • "And the Lancaster girls found out," continued Eudora, calmly.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Toward evening they reached the spot where Lancaster once stood.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • His ignorance of law was soon shewn at the Lancaster assizes.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • Tonight, as he came home, Lancaster decided to make a dent in the latter.

    Security

    Poul William Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for lancaster

Lancaster1

noun
  1. a city in NW England, former county town of Lancashire, on the River Lune: castle (built on the site of a Roman camp); university (1964). Pop: 45 952 (2001)
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Lancaster2

noun
  1. the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461
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Word Origin and History for lancaster

Lancaster

Loncastre (1086) "Roman Fort on the River Lune," a Celtic river name probably meaning "healthy, pure." The Lancastrians in the War of the Roses took their name from their descent from John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

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