Magna Carta

noun
Mag·na Car·ta | \ˈmag-nə-ˈkär-tə \
variants: or less commonly Magna Charta

Definition of Magna Carta 

1 : a charter of liberties to which the English barons forced King John to give his assent in June 1215 at Runnymede

2 : a document constituting a fundamental guarantee of rights and privileges

First Known Use of Magna Carta

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Magna Carta

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, great charter

Medieval Latin, literally, great charter

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Magna Carta

noun
Mag·na Car·ta
variants: or Magna Charta \ˈmag-nə-ˈkär-tə \

Legal Definition of Magna Carta 

: a charter of liberties signed under duress by King John of England in 1215 that influenced the development of many important modern legal and constitutional principles (as due process)

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