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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Lancaster mean? 

  The noun LANCASTER has 2 senses:

1. a city in northwestern England
2. the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose

  Familiarity information: LANCASTER used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A city in northwestern England

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Instance hypernyms:

city; metropolis; urban center (a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts)

Meronyms (members of "Lancaster"):

Lancastrian (a resident of Lancaster)

Holonyms ("Lancaster" is a part of...):

England (a division of the United Kingdom)

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The English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


House of Lancaster; Lancastrian line; Lancaster

Hypernyms ("Lancaster" is a kind of...):

dynasty (a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family)

royal family; royal house; royal line; royalty (royal persons collectively)

Meronyms (members of "Lancaster"):

Lancastrian (a member (or supporter) of the house of Lancaster)

Bolingbroke; Henry Bolingbroke; Henry IV (the first Lancastrian king of England from 1399 to 1413; deposed Richard II and suppressed rebellions (1367-1413))

Henry V (son of Henry IV and King of England from 1413 to 1422; reopened the Hundred Years' War and defeated the French at Agincourt (1387-1422))

Henry VI (son of Henry V who as an infant succeeded his father and was King of England from 1422 to 1461; he was taken prisoner in 1460 and Edward IV was proclaimed king; he was rescued and regained the throne in 1470 but was recaptured and murdered in the Tower of London (1421-1471))

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