Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The wife of King Arthur and lover of Lancelot according to Arthurian legend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name of Welsh origin.
  • proper n. In Arthurian legend, the wife of King Arthur.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Arthurian legend) wife of King Arthur; in some versions of the legend she became Lancelot's lover and that led to the end of the Knights of the Round Table

Etymologies

From Old Welsh Gwenhwyfar; gwen ("white, fair") and wyfar ("smooth"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dante had proper insight when he made the Inferno foggy, and Tennyson, too, in "Guinevere", when he wished to presage unutterable sadness, told how

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  • My cat Guinevere is now officially a star, and will only grow more conceited as she achieves global exposure.

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  • By the way, "Alfred and Guinevere" is one of the great books they've done and you should definitely check it out.

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  • [16] Mr. Churton Collins thinks that the lines in "Guinevere" --

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  • Meg Jensen writes of this rediscovered gem from the 1930s, a tale of a 40-year-old governess who stumbles into a world of cocktails and evening gowns when an employment agency sends her to the wrong address: “Over the course of a day, in a series of deft interventions, brilliant repartee, and enough gin to sink a lesser woman, Guinevere is revealed not only to her newfound friends, but more importantly to herself, as a lifesaver, in more ways than one.”

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  • An early 12th century church archivolt has an Arthurian scene, perhaps carved by a Breton, that labels Guinevere as 'Winlogee.'

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  • Although I actually like the idea of Guinevere giving him a son...so maybe not!

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  • The word "lover" now almost always appears with a nonhuman object -- animal lover, bargain lover, seafood lover -- but surely Launcelot never called Guinevere his significant other.

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  • MR: Can you tell us a little bit about where your stage name "Guinevere" came from?

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  • In some bizarre twist, this means that Xander (i.e. the "normal" one) is going to be Guinevere aka Gwen the maid.

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