- a fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
Origin of griffin1
- (in India and the East) a newcomer, especially a white person from a Western country.
Origin of griffin2
- a city in W Georgia.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for griffin
Contemporary Examples of griffin
The series begins with a voiceover from a 9-year-old boy named Charlie (Griffin Gluck), basically a more precocious Meredith Grey.‘Red Band Society’ Is Really Freaking Sad (And May Be TV’s Best New Drama)
September 17, 2014
Griffin is herself a character in the novel, the invisible hand on the other end of the tape recorder in all the interviews.
Griffin mined the portfolios of four artists to create the vast collection of images that dot the book.
Griffin Dunne directed that episode and he wanted me to feel like a caged animal.Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes
August 11, 2014
Griffin screen-capped a series of direct messages that are allegedly from him.Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Posts Pro-Palestine Photo, Allegedly Cyberbullies Israeli-Born MTV VJ
July 14, 2014
Historical Examples of griffin
The griffin was itself a compound creature, half lion and half eagle.The Devil's Dictionary
You know our junior partner, Mr. Griffin, has been very ill—I wrote you that.
If I should have a wire that Mr. Griffin was worse it might be shorter still.
"I'm busy, Griffin," she began, and then broke off as she saw the girls.
"Just a case of permanent glooms, if you ask me," replied Griffin airily.
griffon or gryphon
- a winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion
Word Origin for griffin
- a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe
Word Origin for griffin
c.1200 (as a surname), from Old French grifon "a bird of prey," also "fabulous bird of Greek mythology" (with head and wings of an eagle, body and hind quarters of a lion, believed to inhabit Scythia and guard its gold), from Late Latin gryphus, misspelling of grypus, variant of gryps (genitive grypos), from Greek gryps (genitive grypos) "curved, hook-nosed," in reference to its beak.
Klein suggests a Semitic source, "through the medium of the Hittites," and cites Hebrew kerubh "a winged angel," Akkad. karibu, epithet of the bull-colossus (see cherub). The same or an identical word was used, with uncertain connections, in mid-19c. Louisiana to mean "mulatto" (especially one one-quarter or two-fifths white) and in India from late 18c. to mean "newly arrived European."