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From the River Lune + castra (castle)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlænkæstə(ɹ)/, /ˈlæŋkəstə(ɹ)/, /ˈlaŋkəstə(ɹ)/[1]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlæn.kæs.tɚ/, /ˈlæŋk.ɨ.stɚ/, /ˈlæŋk.ə.stəɹ/

Usage notesEdit

The second British pronunciation is more historical and becoming less common. The second US pronunciation is the local pronunciation of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The third US pronunciation is the local pronunciation of Lancaster, Kentucky.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. The House of Lancaster, a dynasty of English kings and one of the opposing factions involved in the 15th century Wars of the Roses. The name comes from the fact that its members were descended from John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster; their symbol was a red rose.
  3. The City of Lancaster, a UK local government district with city status in Lancashire in North West England. Its main settlement is Lancaster, from which it obtained its city status.
  4. A city in Lancashire, in the northwest of England, UK.
  5. Any of various settlements that take their name from the city in Lancashire. See Lancaster (disambiguation) on Wikipedia for a list.
    1. A town in New Hampshire, USA, and county seat of Coos County.
  6. (aircraft) A type of four-engined British bomber aircraft built by Avro during World War 2.

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Roach, Peter; Hartman, James; Setter, Jane et al., eds (2006). Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (17th ed.). Cambridge: CUP. ISBN 978-0-521-68086-8.

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