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1. A historic section of London, England. It includes Hampton Court Palace, built by Cardinal Wolsey in 1515 and appropriated by Henry VIII around 1526. George II was the last to use it as a royal residence, and much of the palace is now open to the public.
2. An independent city of southeast Virginia opposite Norfolk on Hampton Roads, the outlet of three rivers into Chesapeake Bay. Settled by colonists from Jamestown in 1610, the city was sacked by the British in the War of 1812 and was almost burned to the ground by Confederates in 1861 to prevent its occupation by Union troops.


1. (Placename) a city in SE Virginia, on the harbour of Hampton Roads on Chesapeake Bay. Pop: 146 878 (2003 est)
2. (Placename) a district of the Greater London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, on the River Thames: famous for Hampton Court Palace (built in 1515 by Cardinal Wolsey)


1. (Biography) Christopher James. born 1946, British playwright: his works include When Did You Last See My Mother? (1964), the screenplay for the film Dangerous Liaisons (1988), the book for the musical Sunset Boulevard (1993), and the screenplay for the film Atonement (2007)
2. (Biography) Lionel. 1913–2002, US jazz-band leader and vibraphone player


(ˈhæmp tən)

1. Lionel, born 1913, U.S. jazz vibraphonist.
2. Wade, 1818–1902, Confederate general: U.S. senator 1879–91.
3. a city in SE Virginia, on Chesapeake Bay. 138,757.
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Noun1.Hampton - United States musician who was the first to use the vibraphone as a jazz instrument (1913-2002)
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I enjoyed the trips to Hampton Court and the Kensington Museum more than anything else, for at Hampton I saw Raphael's cartoons, and at the Museum, rooms full of pictures by Turner, Lawrence, Reynolds, Hogarth, and the other great creatures.
But here, even in my grand room of state, there wasn't anything in the nature of a picture except a thing the size of a bedquilt, which was either woven or knitted (it had darned places in it), and nothing in it was the right color or the right shape; and as for proportions, even Raphael himself couldn't have botched them more formidably, after all his practice on those nightmares they call his "celebrated Hampton Court cartoons.
I saw something like them in Hampton Court, but they were worn and frayed and moth-eaten.
We heard guns firing at Hampton Court station, but we thought it was thunder.
The Fountain Court at Hampton Court may serve as an illustration (save as regards the use of arches instead of wooden supports and rafters) and the arrangement is still common in Sicily.
Investing a small sum which he had amassed since leaving his native village, in merchandise suited to the American market, he embarked, in the month of November, 1783, in a ship bound to Baltimore, and arrived in Hampton Roads in the month of January.
He considered himself entitled, at Hampton Court on a holiday, to forget the very names of Cardinal Wolsey or William of Orange; but he could hardly be dragged from some details about the arrangement of the electric bells in the neighboring hotel.
Of all eccentrically planned things, from Bradshaw to the maze at Hampton Court, that room was the most eccentric.
The night was close and cloudy; and the road to Hampton Court, even now that the suburban builder has marked much of it for his own, is one of the darkest I know.
then the king's counselors, who are in number seven - Mademoiselle Stewart, Mademoiselle Wells, Mademoiselle Gwyn, Miss Orchay, Mademoiselle Zunga, Miss Davies, and the proud Countess of Castlemaine - will represent to the king that war costs a great deal of money; that it is better to give balls and suppers at Hampton Court than to equip ships of the line at Portsmouth and Greenwich.
Years later, to the crash of battle-music, Saxon kings and Saxon revelry were buried side by side, and Kingston's greatness passed away for a time, to rise once more when Hampton Court became the palace of the Tudors and the Stuarts, and the royal barges strained at their moorings on the river's bank, and bright-cloaked gallants swaggered down the water-steps to cry: "What Ferry, ho
He had the training that a coloured youth receives at Hampton, which, indeed, the autobiography does explain.