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[kal-vin] /ˈkæl vɪn/
John (Jean Chauvin or Caulvin) 1509–64, French theologian and reformer in Switzerland: leader in the Protestant Reformation.
Melvin, 1911–97, U.S. chemist: Nobel Prize 1961.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “bald.”. Unabridged
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  • It is enough to make john calvin ask his neighbor to turn over.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • john calvin: The soul is an immortal essence, the nobler part of man.

  • In his youth he knew john calvin, and learned in the school of Beza.

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • It was a gross blunder of john calvin not to have retained that institution for the faithful.

  • When john calvin entered the cavern he was recognized by some of the reformers.

  • Reprobation is kept out of sight; and yet it is as heartily believed by modern Calvinists, as it was by john calvin himself.

  • john calvin came in 1536, and Protestants from other countries fled to Geneva as an asylum from persecution.

    Letters from Switzerland Samuel Irenus Prime
  • Geneva, under john calvin, called Europe to religious liberty in 1536, and the people heard the call.

    Letters from Switzerland Samuel Irenus Prime
  • Michael Servetus, whom john calvin burned at the stake, was perhaps the first to note this phenomenon.

  • It was all as irksome to him as the task of governing Geneva was to john calvin; but he could not help himself.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick

    Herbert Newton Casson
British Dictionary definitions for john calvin


John,original name Jean Cauvin, Caulvin, or Chauvin. 1509–64, French theologian: a leader of the Protestant Reformation in France and Switzerland, establishing the first presbyterian government in Geneva. His theological system is described in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)
Melvin. 1911–97, US chemist, noted particularly for his research on photosynthesis: Nobel prize for chemistry 1961
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Word Origin and History for john calvin


John Calvin (1509-1564), Protestant leader, born Jean Caulvin, the surname related to French Chauvin (cf. chauvinism), from Latin calvus "bald," from PIE *kle-wo- "bald."

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john calvin in Science
American chemist who won a Nobel Prize in 1961 for determining the chemical reactions that occur during photosynthesis. This series of reactions is now known as the Calvin cycle.
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