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Lan·cas·ter 1

 (lăng′kə-stər, lăn′-)
English royal house that from 1399 to 1461 produced three kings of England—Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI. During the Wars of the Roses its symbol was a red rose.

Lan·cas′tri·an (lăng-kăs′trē-ən) adj. & n.

Lan·cas·ter 2

 (lăng′kə-stər, -kăs′tər, lăn′-)
1. A city of northwest England north of Liverpool. Chartered in 1193, it was built on the site of a Roman frontier station.
2. A city of southeast Pennsylvania west of Philadelphia. A trade center in a rich farming region, it was settled by German Mennonites c. 1709 and was the meeting place of the Continental Congress in 1777.


(Placename) a city in NW England, former county town of Lancashire, on the River Lune: castle (built on the site of a Roman camp); university (1964). Pop: 45 952 (2001)


(ˈlæŋkəstə; ˈlæŋˌkæstə)
(Biography) the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461


(ˈlæŋ kə stər; for 3,4 also -kæs tər)

1. a member of the English royal family that reigned 1399–1461, descended from John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
2. a city in Lancashire, in NW England. 133,600.
3. a city in SE Pennsylvania. 58,980.
4. a town in S California. 115,675.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lancaster - a city in northwestern EnglandLancaster - a city in northwestern England  
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Lancastrian - a resident of Lancaster
2.Lancaster - the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
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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From England had arrived the prince's brother, the Duke of Lancaster, with four hundred knights in his train and a strong company of archers.
Two hundred heavily-armed cavalry rode behind the Audley standard, while close at their heels came the Duke of Lancaster with a glittering train, heralds tabarded with the royal arms riding three deep upon cream-colored chargers in front of him.
After performing at Sheffield and Manchester, we have moved to Liverpool, Preston, and Lancaster.
As a misfortune to begin with, our engine broke down between Lancaster and Carlisle.
LANCASTER -- Antelope Valley residents begin celebrating the holidays this weekend in a big way: a downtown Lancaster street festival; parades in Lancaster and Rosamond; plus a Christmas creche display during which visitors can join in a sing-along version of ``The Messiah.
Enter Patricia Lancaster, who was appointed Commissioner of the DOB in April 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In this highly useful study Bill Lancaster revisits a central institution of Western consumer culture, the department store, adding the story of the British grand magasin to what has largely been the preserve of American and French business, social, and cultural historians.
LANCASTER -- Lancaster High tennis standouts Jesica Abraguin's and Linda Reickgenannt's best hope of making a deep playoff run is as doubles partners.
LANCASTER -- The Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Arts Department is recruiting youth commissioners for the 2006-07 school year.

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