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

  • A borough of southeast England on the English Channel at the entrance to the Strait of Dover. Hastings is near the site of William the Conqueror's victory over the Anglo-Saxons under Harold II (October 14, 1066). Population: 85,800.
  • Hastings, Thomas 1860-1929. American architect who with John Merven Carrère formed an important architectural firm whose designs include that of the New York Public Library (1897-1911) and numerous mansions.
  • Hastings, Warren 1732-1818. British colonial administrator who as governor-general of India (1773-1785) carried out land and legal reforms and instituted British control of the Indian government.

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  • proper n. A place name
  • proper n. A habitational surname.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Early fruit or vegetables; especially, early pease.

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

  • n. the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
  • n. a town in East Sussex just to the south of the place where the battle of Hastings took place
  • n. United States architect who formed and important architectural firm with John Merven Carrere (1860-1929)


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The place name in England is derived from the Old English tribal name Hæstingas, meaning "Hæsta's people", "the family/followers of Hæsta", which was later transferred to their settlement.



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