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[kahy-rur-juh n]
noun Archaic.
  1. a surgeon.
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Origin of chirurgeon

1250–1300; < Latin chīrūr(gus) (< Greek cheirourgós hand-worker, surgeon; see chiro-, demiurge) + (sur)geon; replacing Middle English cirurgian < Old French cirurgien; see surgeon
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Examples from the Web for chirurgeon

Historical Examples

  • We find John Devine settled as a chirurgeon in Boston in 1704.

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period


  • The chirurgeon came and dressed your wound, and it is healing well.

    To Have and To Hold

    Mary Johnston

  • But I feel so anxious,” said Roy; “my mother is not a chirurgeon.

    The Young Castellan

    George Manville Fenn

  • The foremost was Cromwell, the other was Trappam, the chirurgeon.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • The pictures of the chirurgeon and his patient, both living, were there.

British Dictionary definitions for chirurgeon


  1. an archaic word for surgeon
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Derived Formschirurgery, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French cirurgeon
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Word Origin and History for chirurgeon


1530s, representing a failed Renaissance attempt to restore Greek spelling to the word that had got into English as surgeon; now, thank the gods, archaic. Related: Chirurgery. Cf. French chirurgien.

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