Duke of Lancaster

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).
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John of Gaunt (ɡɔːnt)
 
n
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
 
[Gaunt, variant of Ghent, where he was born]

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gaunt
1440, from M.Fr. gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man").
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