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[gid-ee-uh n] /ˈgɪd i ən/
Also called Jerubbaal. a judge of Israel and conqueror of the Midianites. Judges 6–8.
a member of the Gideons International.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “great destroyer.”. Unabridged
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  • He who announced to Gideon that he should deliver Israel from the power of the Midianites.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Though we never did use to think Loringwood isolated, did we, Gideon?

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • In this respect her face was like the earthen pitcher of Gideon: it concealed the light.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • This position was offered to Gideon Pond who in 1838 accepted.

    Old Fort Snelling Marcus L. Hansen
  • Now Gideon Ward has always made might right in this section.

British Dictionary definitions for Gideon


(Old Testament) a Hebrew judge who led the Israelites to victory over their Midianite oppressors (Judges 6:11–8:35)
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Word Origin and History for Gideon

Bible propagation society, 1906, formally Christian Commercial Young Men's Association of America, founded 1899. It takes its name from Gideon, Israelite judge and warrior [Judg. vi:11-viii:25], from Hebrew Gidh'on, literally "feller," from stem of gadha "he cut off, hewed, felled."

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