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Magna Carta

[mag-nuh kahr-tuh] /ˈmæg nə ˈkɑr tə/
noun
1.
the “great charter” of English liberties, forced from King John by the English barons and sealed at Runnymede, June 15, 1215.
2.
any fundamental constitution or law guaranteeing rights and liberties.
Also, Magna Charta.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin
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Magna Carta

/ˈmæɡnə ˈkɑːtə/
noun
1.
(English history) the charter granted by King John at Runnymede in 1215, recognizing the rights and privileges of the barons, church, and freemen
Word Origin
Medieval Latin: great charter
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Word Origin and History for magna charta

Magna Carta

also Magna Charta, 1560s, Medieval Latin, literally "great charter" (of English personal and political liberty), attested in Anglo-Latin from 1279; obtained from King John, June 15, 1215. See magnate, card (n.).

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Magna Carta definition


A list of rights and privileges that King John of England signed under pressure from English noblemen in 1215. It established the principles that the king could not levy taxes without consent of his legislature, or parliament, and that no free man in England could be deprived of liberty or property except through a trial or other legal process.

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