griffin

1
[ grif-in ]
/ ˈgrɪf ɪn /

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 griffon, gryph·on [grif-uh n] /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
Related formsgrif·fin·esque, adjective

Definition for griffin (2 of 3)

griffin

2
[ 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
Related formsgrif·fin·age, grif·fin·hood, grif·fin·ism, noungrif·fin·ish, adjective

Definition 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)

griffin

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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)

griffin

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/ (ˈɡrɪfɪn) /

noun

a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe

Word Origin for griffin

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for griffin

griffin


n.

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."

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