- any small, slender, long-armed arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, of the East Indies and southern Asia: all gibbon species are reduced in number and some are very rare.
Origin of gibbon
- Edward,1737–94, English historian.
Examples from the Web for gibbon
They have been predicting “the fall of America” for years, in the way that Gibbon described the fall of Rome.Only the French Would Be Smug About the Recession
Janine di Giovanni
December 11, 2008
Gibbon said of Lady Elizabeth that she was the most alluring of women.Beaux and Belles of England
She began her daily hour of Gibbon after breakfast with great zeal.Is He Popenjoy?
Gibbon and Doubleday somehow deployed and seized a portion of the orchard.
Doubleday and Gibbon suffered fearfully, and Ewell and Taliaferro suffered.
We have only to consider the absurdity of a handy-volume Gibbon or a folio Lamb.The Booklover and His Books
Harry Lyman Koopman
- any small agile arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, inhabiting forests in S Asia
- Edward. 1737–94, English historian; author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), controversial in its historical criticism of Christianity
- Lewis Grassic (ˈɡræsɪk), real name James Leslie Mitchell . 1901–35, Scottish writer: best known for his trilogy of novels Scots Quair (1932–34)
Word Origin and History for gibbon
1770, from French gibbon (18c.), supposedly from a word in the French colonies of India but not found in any language there. Brought to Europe by Marquis Joseph-François Dupleix (1697-1763), French governor general in India 1742-54. The surname is Old French Giboin, from Frankish *Geba-win "gift-friend," or in some cases a diminutive of Gibb, itself a familiar form of Gilbert.