Giles

[jahylz]
noun
  1. Saint, 8th century a.d., Athenian hermit in France.
  2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “shieldbearer.”
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  • “I would not be seen in the street with that scarecrow,” murmured Giles.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Giles has promised me none,” said Dennet, with a pouting lip, “nor Ambrose.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • They were some way from home, and Giles was the biggest and heaviest of them all.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • “Ay, where the Frenchmen live that calender worsted,” returned Giles.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Ambrose was the only person who ever received any communication from Giles Headley.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge


British Dictionary definitions for giles

Giles

noun
  1. Saint. 7th century ad, Greek hermit in France; patron saint of cripples, beggars, and lepers. Feast day: Sept 1
  2. William Ernest Powell. 1835–97, Australian explorer, born in England. He was noted esp for his exploration of the western desert (1875–76)
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Word Origin and History for giles

Giles

masc. proper name, from Old French Gilles, from Latin Aegidius, from aegis (see aegis). Often used as a typical name of a simple-minded farmer.

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