[ gawr-guhn ]
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  1. Classical Mythology. any of three sister monsters commonly represented as having snakes for hair, wings, brazen claws, and eyes that turned anyone looking into them to stone. Medusa, the only mortal Gorgon, was beheaded by Perseus.

  2. (lowercase) a mean, ugly, or repulsive woman.

Origin of Gorgon

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin Gorgōn<Greek Gorgṓ, derivative of gorgós dreadful

Other words from Gorgon

  • Gor·go·ni·an [gawr-goh-nee-uhn], /gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən/, adjective

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How to use Gorgon in a sentence

  • In Gruenwald's eyes, the only difference between me and Medusa the Gorgon was that looking at me did not turn him to stone.

    Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith
  • She has no beauty; and as for Gorgon, the creature has a look of timid softness in waiting behind her rocky eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for Gorgon


/ (ˈɡɔːɡən) /

  1. Greek myth any of three winged monstrous sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, who had live snakes for hair, huge teeth, and brazen claws

  2. (often not capital) informal a fierce or unpleasant woman

Origin of Gorgon

via Latin Gorgō from Greek, from gorgos terrible

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