noun, plural el·e·phants, (especially collectively) el·e·phant for 1.
Origin of elephant
Examples from the Web for elephant
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 29, 2014
The gentle, erudite soul within a body the public considered an oddity is the contrast at the heart of “The Elephant Man.”The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Which brings us to the elephant in the room—the rapacious advance of online bookselling, personified by Amazon.Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore
July 30, 2014
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.Jonathan Demme on Gaza, Transphobia in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and Meryl Streep as a Rock Star
July 25, 2014
The blood ivory trade caters to a small but hungry segment in China, yet grassroots efforts for elephant conservation do exist.China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar
June 30, 2014
Historical Examples of elephant
These attack you—but run—at least the tiger, not the elephant, when you go out after him.
He will never fly at your elephant, or climb a tree, or take to the water after you!
New-Haven enjoys an elephant that has corns, and is about to be operated on by a chiropodist.
People have so much to say about an ant's strength, and an elephant's, and a locomotive's.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Asked how he knew that an elephant was going on a journey, the illustrious Jo.The Devil's Dictionary
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.