Magna Carta

Magna Carta

[mag-nuh kahr-tuh]
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:
1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin

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Magna Carta or Magna Charta (ˈmæɡnə ˈkɑːtə)
 
n
English history the charter granted by King John at Runnymede in 1215, recognizing the rights and privileges of the barons, church, and freemen
 
[Medieval Latin: great charter]
 
Magna Charta or Magna Charta
 
n
 
[Medieval Latin: great charter]

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Magna Carta
1568, from M.L., lit. "great charter" (of English personal and political liberty), attested in Anglo-L. from 1279, obtained from King John, June 15, 1215.
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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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