noun, plural el·e·phants, (especially collectively) el·e·phant for 1.
- elephant bird,
- elephant butte,
- elephant ear,
- elephant fish,
- elephant folio
Origin of elephant
Examples from the Web for elephant
Marcel the elephant takes readers on a journey through his life, recounting his memories full of travel and adventure.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gentle, erudite soul within a body the public considered an oddity is the contrast at the heart of “The Elephant Man.”
Which brings us to the elephant in the room—the rapacious advance of online bookselling, personified by Amazon.
So I felt, great, I went to James Bond and he said no, so I can now go to the doctor from The Elephant Man.
The blood ivory trade caters to a small but hungry segment in China, yet grassroots efforts for elephant conservation do exist.
That elephant an me has been side-partners for fourteen years, an here you come between us.Short Sixes|H. C. Bunner
No change, except that the order of the animals is Elephant, Camel, Ox.The Talking Thrush|William Crooke
Why is it that any elephant, anywhere along the line, cannot start drinking, just as he or she pleases?The Wonders of the Jungle|Prince Sarath Ghosh
This happened and that happened and if the news arrived at Key West as a mouse, it was often enough cabled north as an elephant.Wounds in the rain|Stephen Crane
It is as large as an elephant, and its horns of enormous size; and even cave-tigers could not always master such cattle as they.A Manual of the Antiquity of Man|J. P. MacLean
noun plural -phants or -phant
Word Origin for elephant
c.1300, olyfaunt, from Old French oliphant (12c.), from Latin elephantus, from Greek elephas (genitive elephantos) "elephant, ivory," probably from a non-Indo-European language, likely via Phoenician (cf. Hamitic elu "elephant," source of the word for it in many Semitic languages, or possibly from Sanskrit ibhah "elephant").
Re-spelled after 1550 on Latin model. As an emblem of the Republican Party in U.S. politics, 1860. To see the elephant "be acquainted with life, gain knowledge by experience" is an American English colloquialism from 1835.
see see the elephant; white elephant.