[gah-ohn; Sephardic Hebrew gah-awn; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-ohn, goin]
- a title of honor for the directors of the Jewish academies at Sura and Pumbedita in Babylonia, used from the end of the 6th century a.d. to about the beginning of the 11th century.
- an eminent Jewish scholar noted for wisdom and knowledge of the Talmud: the Gaon of Vilna.
Origin of Gaon
1770–80; < Hebrew: literally, majesty
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Examples from the Web for gaon
The Commentary which passes as that of Saadia the Gaon is said to be spurious.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel
F. W. Farrar
Still, in his day, Campanton passed for the Gaon of Castile.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
But if the Exilarch was not learned, he delegated this duty to the Gaon of Sora.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)
But the Gaon refused to enter into polemics with a "heretic."
The stern Gaon refused even to see the exponent of heterodoxy.