John of Gaunt

John of Gaunt

(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). Unabridged


[gawnt, gahnt]
John of, John of Gaunt. Unabridged
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gaunt (ɡɔːnt)
1.  bony and emaciated in appearance
2.  (of places) bleak or desolate
[C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person]

John of Gaunt (ɡɔːnt)
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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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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