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Calvin

[kal-vin]
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  1. JohnJean Chauvin or Caulvin, 1509–64, French theologian and reformer in Switzerland: leader in the Protestant Reformation.
  2. Melvin,1911–97, U.S. chemist: Nobel Prize 1961.
  3. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “bald.”
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  • It was thus that the Institutes of Calvin became one of the charters of democracy.

  • This literal quotation from the frank Mr. Calvin caused a sensation.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • So, in spite of Albert's promise, the Calvin lumber was not delivered on time.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Mrs. Calvin rose from her chair and gazed in horror at the window.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Captain Zelotes did not mention the Calvin affair to him, either that day or afterward.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for calvin

Calvin

noun
  1. 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)
  2. 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 calvin

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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calvin in Science

Calvin

[kălvĭn]
  1. 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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