second earl of shelburne

Lansdowne

[lanz-doun]
noun
1.
Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice [pet-ee-fits-mawr-is, -mor-] , 5th Marquis of, 1845–1927, British statesman: viceroy of India 1888–94, foreign secretary 1900–05.
2.
William Petty Fitzmaurice [fits-mawr-is, -mor-] , 2nd Earl of Shelburne, 1st Marquis of, 1737–1805, British statesman: prime minister 1782–83.
3.
a city in SE Pennsylvania.
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Petty

[pet-ee]
noun
1.
Richard, born 1937, U.S. racing-car driver.
2.
William, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, Lansdowne, 1st Marquis of.

Shelburne

[shel-burn] ,
noun
William Petty Fitzmaurice, 2nd Earl of, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, Lansdowne, 1st Marquess of.
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Lansdowne (ˈlænzdaʊn)
 
n
1st Marquess of. See (William Petty Fitzmaurice) Shelburne

petty (ˈpɛtɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  trivial; trifling; inessential: petty details
2.  of a narrow-minded, mean, or small-natured disposition or character: petty spite
3.  minor or subordinate in rank: petty officialdom
4.  law of lesser importance
 
[C14: from Old French petit]
 
'pettily
 
adv
 
'pettiness
 
n

Shelburne (ˈʃɛlbɜːn)
 
n
2nd Earl of, title of William Petty Fitzmaurice, also called (from 1784) 1st Marquess of Lansdowne. 1737--1805, British statesman; prime minister (1782--83)

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petty
1393, "small," from O.Fr. petit "small" (see petit). In Eng., not originally disparaging (cf. petty cash, 1834, petty officer, 1577). Meaning "of small importance" is recorded from 1523; that of "small-minded" is from 1581. An old name for "Northern Lights" was petty dancers.
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