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John of Gaunt

noun
1.
(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).

Gaunt

[gawnt, gahnt] /gɔnt, gɑnt/
noun
1.
John of, John of Gaunt.
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John of Gaunt

/ɡɔːnt/
noun
1.
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
Gaunt, variant of Ghent, where he was born

gaunt

/ɡɔːnt/
adjective
1.
bony and emaciated in appearance
2.
(of places) bleak or desolate
Derived Forms
gauntly, adverb
gauntness, noun
Word Origin
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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