[Sephardic Hebrew ge-aw-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew gey-oh-nim]
- a plural of Gaon.
[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 geonim
It was adopted by some of the later Geonim from the Muʿtazila.
The chronicle of the Saboraim and Geonim as given by him is our guide for this epoch.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)
Not even the Qaraite schism was able to break the power of the geonim.
Second, brief compilations of precepts, like the works of Hefez ben Yazliah and the responsa of some geonim.
The Geonim were required to do homage to the Exilarchs (see Exilarch) but were otherwise independent.