Origin of gibbon
Definition for gibbon (2 of 2)
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They have been predicting “the fall of America” for years, in the way that Gibbon described the fall of Rome.
Nevertheless, Gibbon is impressed with the social influence of the great Frenchman.Historical Essays|James Ford Rhodes
Gibbon (Edward), probably the greatest of historians, b. Putney, 27 April 1737.A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations|Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
This was the first notice his Majesty ever had of Mr. Gibbon.The Diary of John Evelyn, Volume II (of 2)|John Evelyn
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Word Origin for gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for gibbon (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for gibbon
1770, from French gibbon (18c.), supposedly from a word in the French colonies of India but not found in any language there. Brought to Europe by Marquis Joseph-François Dupleix (1697-1763), French governor general in India 1742-54. The surname is Old French Giboin, from Frankish *Geba-win "gift-friend," or in some cases a diminutive of Gibb, itself a familiar form of Gilbert.