Definition of Nell Gwyn from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Nell Gwyn

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(1650-87) an English actor who was the lover of King Charles II for many years. She came from a poor background and could not read or write, but she had two of Charles's sons. She is thought of as a lively, cheerful and attractive woman who at one time sold oranges in the theatre at Covent Garden.