Definition of George Canning from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

George Canning

 
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(1770-1827) a British Tory prime minister (1827). He died soon after becoming Prime Minister, and is better remembered for his period as Foreign Secretary (1822-7), when he gave British support to many independence movements in Europe and South America. He is also well known for fighting a duel (= a fight with guns to settle a quarrel) with his rival, Lord Castlereagh.