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Originally a sobriquet of Geoffrey of Anjou (1113-1151), the founder of the line, who was said to have worn a broom blossom in his hat (plante genest in Old French, from Latin genesta), which was subsequently adopted as a surname.



Plantagenet (plural Plantagenets)

  1. (historical) A member of the dynasty which held the English throne from 1154 to 1485. [from 16th c.]
    • 1902, Charles Robert Ashbee, Masque of the Edwards of England, page 7
      [] all the fine intelligence of all the Plantagenets, []
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 23:
      The last surviving Plantagenet prince descended in the male line, Edward earl of Warwick was a touchstone for Yorkist affections […] and Lincoln understood the galvanizing effect of Warwick's presence at the head of any uprising.