Definition of Griffin

1. Noun. Winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion.

Exact synonyms: Griffon, Gryphon
Generic synonyms: Mythical Creature, Mythical Monster



Definition of Griffin

1. n. An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe.

2. n. A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.

Definition of Griffin

1. Proper noun. (surname common Irish from=Irish dot=), the Anglicized form of both the Ó Gríobhtha (Ballygriffey Co. Clare) and Ó Grifín (Dingle, Co. Kerry) clans. ¹

2. Proper noun. (surname Welsh patronymic from=Welsh) ¹

3. Proper noun. (given name male from=Welsh) derived from Griffinus, a latinized form of Griffith. ¹

4. Noun. A mythical beast having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. ¹

5. Noun. (dated Anglo-Indian) A person who has just arrived from Europe. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Griffin

1. a mythological creature [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Griffin

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griffin (current term)
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griffon
griffon-vulture
griffon vulture
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grifted
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grifters
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Literary usage of Griffin

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"7, and 8 on the plat, and griffin likewise became the owner of three ... Between the rear of the three lots owned by griffin and the rear of the three owned ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Same äs griffin, 4. There were three more cadets ou the some steamer, going up to that ... No one but a griffin of the a rupee in Bombay. F. Î I. Crawford, ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"... the first place in the new order of literature, the sadly joyous romance of contemporary Ireland. griffin now became well and safely established ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1890)
"631). lie died on 29 April JJ griffin established the firm of chemical ¡ 1771, ... griffin died valuable information kindly supplied by Mr. at his residence ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"He told the deponent, that he had in 1792 told John griffin and Mary griffin, that he intended to make a new will and thereby give all his property to the ..."

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