[hwit-ing-tuh n, wit-]


RichardDick, 1358?–1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406–07, 1419–20.

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  • Such reverses have been, since the days of Whittington; and were, long before.

  • As to the truth of the story of Whittington's cat, there has been much earnest discussion.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • Not "turn again, Whittington," like those of Bow, in the days of yore?'


    Sir Walter Scott

  • Major Whittington, I have not had a furlough since we landed in France.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy

  • In the year 1378 Whittington's name first appears in the City papers.

British Dictionary definitions for whittington



Richard, known as Dick. died 1423, English merchant, three times mayor of London. According to legend, he walked to London at the age of 13 with his cat and was prevented from leaving again only by the call of the church bells
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