[sur-juh n]


a physician who specializes in surgery.

Origin of surgeon

1250–1300; Middle English surgien < Anglo-French, alteration of Old French cirurgien chirurgeon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of surgeon

Historical Examples of surgeon

  • The surgeon was in constant attendance, but the malady baffled all his skill.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Dr. Wilson, the surgeon, is going to take me through the hospital this afternoon.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "Dr. Wilson, the surgeon, has been shot," came slowly and distinctly.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Lady Delacour was senseless, supported in the surgeon's arms.

  • The next day, towards evening, the surgeon and Dr. X—— arrived.

British Dictionary definitions for surgeon



a medical practioner who specializes in surgery
a medical officer in the Royal Navy

Word Origin for surgeon

C14: from Anglo-Norman surgien, from Old French cirurgien; see surgery
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Word Origin and History for surgeon

c.1300, from Anglo-French surgien (13c.), from Old French serurgien, cirurgien, from cirurgie "surgery," from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirourgia, from kheirourgos "working or done by hand," from kheir "hand" (see chiro-) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

surgeon in Medicine




A physician who specializes in surgery.
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