Definition of Dick Whittington from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Dick Whittington

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(died 1423) Lord Mayor of London three times (1397-98, 1406-7 and 1419-20). Most British people know the stories about him: that he was running away from London when he was a boy, but thought he heard the church bells telling him to 'Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London', and that he became rich by selling his cat to a foreign king. The story of his life is a popular subject for pantomimes.