American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster. 1340-1399. English soldier. The fourth son of Edward III, he ruled England during his father's last years and in the beginning of Richard II's reign.
- n. the fourth son of Edward III who was the effective ruler of England during the close of his father's reign and during the minority of Richard II; his son was Henry Bolingbroke (1340-1399)
“England and the Pope gained for him the favour of John of Gaunt and”
“John of Gaunt had held his Court of Minstrels here, making the place, Scrope had assured her, "the very essence of Merrie England.”
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