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griffin

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[ grif-in ]
/ ˈgrɪf ɪn /
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noun Classical Mythology.
a fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
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Also grif·fon, gryph·on [grif-uhn] /ˈgrɪf ən/ .

Origin of griffin

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1300–50; Middle English griffoun <Middle French grifon <Latin grȳphus <Greek grȳp- (stem of grȳ́ps ) “curled, curved, having a hooked nose”

OTHER WORDS FROM griffin

grif·fin·esque, adjective

Other definitions for griffin (2 of 3)

griffin2
[ grif-in ]
/ ˈgrɪf ɪn /

noun
(in India and the East) a newcomer, especially a white person from a Western country.

Origin of griffin

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First recorded in 1785–95; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM griffin

grif·fin·age, grif·fin·hood, grif·fin·ism, noungrif·fin·ish, adjective

Other definitions for griffin (3 of 3)

Griffin
[ grif-in ]
/ ˈgrɪf ɪn /

noun
a city in W Georgia.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for griffin (1 of 2)

griffin1

griffon or gryphon

/ (ˈɡrɪfɪn) /

noun
a winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion

Word Origin for griffin

C14: from Old French grifon, from Latin grӯphus, from Greek grups, from grupos hooked

British Dictionary definitions for griffin (2 of 2)

griffin2
/ (ˈɡrɪfɪn) /

noun
a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe

Word Origin for griffin

C18: of unknown origin
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