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PronouncedPron.LAN-sə-laht English

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, possibly an Old French diminutive of Lanzo (see LANCE). In Arthurian legend Lancelot was the bravest of the Knights of the Round Table. He became the lover of Arthur's wife Guinevere. His earliest appearance is in the works of the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes.


Arthurian legend, knights of the Round Table, literature, uncertain etymology
Entry updated September 1, 2013   Contribute