One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Gascony.
- ‘The Gaskins name began to evolve in England in the 12th century when Gascons began moving there.’
- ‘Our sources tell us that Count William restored the Gascons to obedience and that Odalric was banished to perpetual exile.’
- ‘As the local Gascons will often inform even the most casual visitor, Armagnac is at once the oldest and the youngest spirit in France.’
- ‘At that time, much of their territory was seized by Spaniards, Gascons, and Catalans.’
- ‘An acquired taste has been created, which suffers under disappointment as cruelly as when the Greenlander is deprived of his whale-blubber, the Gascon of his garlic, and the East Indian of his curry.’
- ‘A particularly hot-blooded Gascon might re-adjust your face; worse, he might challenge you to a duel.’
- ‘Dumas's three musketeers are archetypal Gascons.’
- ‘In return the Gascons imported English cloth, leather, and corn.’
- ‘In 1214 King John's army with many Gascons amongst it, was defeated at Bouvines near Lille in the North.’
- ‘The Gascons are a little researched group in England.’
- ‘The Basques and the Gascons annihilated them, and among the fallen was the Frankish commander Roland.’
- ‘The Gascons purchased the business from the Ogdens in 1956 and the Dunbars ran the operation for the next decade.’
2archaic A person who boasts about their achievements or possessions.
- ‘He is something of a Gascon, boastful and vain of his own achievements.’
Relating to Gascony or its people.
- ‘Then, unless you're a Gascon peasant with a farmyard full of ducks and pigs, the shopping alone is going to eat into your house-in - France fund, not to mention occupy you for a good day.’
- ‘Each winter, numerous all year outdoor farming systems bear witness to the fact that all the Gascon herds require is an area of land which is naturally protected from the prevailing winds.’
- ‘At that point, the new English king, Edward III, was in no position to stake his own claim through his French mother, Isabella, but in 1337, when the Gascon situation had deteriorated further, he did so.’
- ‘There's a stirring moment, very well choreographed by Christopher Bruce, when we first see the Gascon cadets fencing and fighting like immaculate toy soldiers.’
- ‘He journeyed to fight for her, but when he returned, she was wedded to a petty Gascon squire, who had done nothing for her!’
- ‘The story begins in the Gascon village of Bern in 1625 with Dogtanian starting his journey to Paris to get into the academy.’
- ‘Basque and Béarnais were spoken in the extreme south, but the nasal Gascon accent of much of the south-west was recognizably the langue d' oil of northern France.’
- ‘But did they pretend to naval power beyond such dictates, or occasionally commandeering the resources of English merchants trading with Scandinavian, Flemish, or, later, Gascon ports?’
- ‘Good Gascon whites are essential summer swiggers as their vibrant, citrussy, herby fruit goes well with or without food.’
- ‘As well as the twice weekly markets this quaint small traditional Gascon town offers bars and restaurants and shops within walking distance.’
- ‘Edward I took his lions with him - during his progress through his Gascon domains in 1289 one of his lions killed a horse belonging to one Ernaud Purpoynter of Oloron-Ste-Marie in the Pyrenees, who was also duly compensated.’
- ‘Family connection and military prowess ensured his appointment as marshal, but his Gascon temperament did not make him a comfortable relative.’
- ‘Later patriotic estimates had 20,000 Scots vanquishing 100,000 English: the true figures were probably nearer 8,000 to 24,000-many of the latter being Welsh or Gascon.’
- ‘The expression ‘a Gascon promise’ is only ever used ironically.’
Via Old French from Latin Vasco, Vascon-; related to Basque.
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