John Jean Chauvin or Caulvin, 1509–64, French theologian and reformer in Switzerland: leader in the Protestant Reformation.
Melvin, 1911–97, U.S. chemist: Nobel Prize 1961.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “bald.”
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How to use Calvin in a sentence
Michael Servetus, whom John Calvin burned at the stake, was perhaps the first to note this phenomenon.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
John Calvin came in 1536, and Protestants from other countries fled to Geneva as an asylum from persecution.Letters from Switzerland | Samuel Irenus Prime
Geneva, under John Calvin, called Europe to religious liberty in 1536, and the people heard the call.Letters from Switzerland | Samuel Irenus Prime
This call he obeyed, albeit unwillingly, at the commandment of that notable servant of God, John Calvin.
It is hard to conceive of a more terrible character than John Calvin.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for Calvin
John, original name Jean Cauvin, Caulvin, or Chauvin. 1509–64, French theologian: a leader of the Protestant Reformation in France and Switzerland, establishing the first presbyterian government in Geneva. His theological system is described in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)
Melvin. 1911–97, US chemist, noted particularly for his research on photosynthesis: Nobel prize for chemistry 1961
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Scientific definitions for Calvin
American chemist who won a Nobel Prize in 1961 for determining the chemical reactions that occur during photosynthesis. This series of reactions is now known as the Calvin cycle.
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