[ sur-juh n ]
/ ˈsɜr dʒən /


a physician who specializes in surgery.

Nearby words

  1. surge chamber,
  2. surge protector,
  3. surge tank,
  4. surge tide,
  5. surgent,
  6. surgeon general,
  7. surgeon's knot,
  8. surgeoncy,
  9. surgeonfish,
  10. 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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British Dictionary definitions for surgeon


/ (ˈsɜːdʒən) /


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

Medicine definitions for surgeon


[ sûrjən ]


A physician who specializes in surgery.

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