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ˈgrɪf ɪnGrif·fin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gryphon, griffin, griffonnoun

    winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion


  1. griffinnoun

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

  2. griffinnoun

    A person who has just arrived from Europe.

  3. Griffinnoun

    derived from Griffinus, a latinized form of Griffith.

  4. Griffinnoun

    A Irish surname, an anglicization of Ó Gríobhtha or Ó Grifín

  5. Griffinnoun

    A Welsh patronymic surname.

  6. Griffinnoun

    A male given name from Welsh derived from Griffinus, a latinized form of Griffith.

  7. Griffinnoun

    A female given name.

  8. Griffinnoun

    A city, the county seat of Spalding County, Georgia, United States, named for landowner Col. Lewis Lawrence Griffin.

  9. Griffinnoun

    A suburb of Brisbane, Queensland; named for a family of early settlers.

  10. Griffinnoun

    A town in Indiana; named for postmaster Samuel Griffin.

  11. Griffinnoun

    A community in Saskatchewan.

  12. Griffinnoun

    An unincorporated community in Missouri.

  13. Griffinnoun

    A former settlement in Illinois.

  14. Etymology: From grifoun, from gryphus, from γρύψ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Griffin, Griffonnoun

    A fabled animal, said to be generated between the lion and eagle, and to have the head and paws of the lion, and the wings of the eagle.

    Of all bearing among these winged creatures, the griffin is the most ancient. Henry Peacham, on Blazoning.

    Aristeus, a poet of Proconesus, affirmed, that near the one-eyed nations griffins defended the mines of gold. Brown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Griffinnoun

    an Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe

  2. Griffinnoun

    alt. of Griffon


  1. Griffin

    The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of the creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. Adrienne Mayor, a classical folklorist, proposes that the griffin was an ancient misconception derived from the fossilized remains of the Protoceratops found in gold mines in the Altai mountains of Scythia, in present day southeastern Kazakhstan, or in Mongolia. In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine. Some have suggested that the word griffin is cognate with Cherub.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Griffin

    grif′in, Griffon, grif′un, n. an imaginary animal, with the body and legs of a lion, and the crooked beak and wings of an eagle: a new-comer in India, a novice: a watchful guardian, esp. over a young woman: a duenna.—adj. Griff′inish.—n. Griff′inism. [Fr. griffon—L. gryphus—Gr. grypsgrypos, hook-nosed.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Griffin

    or Griffon, a chimerical fabulous animal with the body and legs of a lion in symbol of strength, with the wings and beak of an eagle in symbol of swiftness, with the ears of a horse in symbol of watchfulness, and instead of a mane the fin of a fish; figures among heraldic symbols with the significance here indicated.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. griffin

    A name given to Europeans during the first year of their arrival in India; it has become a general term for an inexperienced youngster.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. griffin

    A fabulous animal, usually represented in heraldry with the body and hind legs of a lion, and the beak, wings, and claws of an eagle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Griffin in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Griffin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Griffin in a Sentence

  1. Joel Faxon:

    There’s no judge who would grant a sealed file, and I have a child who was heinously sexually trafficked, much worse than the charges in this case, these are federal life in prison charges that this guy Griffin is subjected to.

  2. Robyn Holmes:

    I feel like I'm being attacked, particularly by Commissioner Couy Griffin, in all the years that I've been clerk, I've never had a commission doubt anything about our elections.

  3. Brendon Baillod:

    They're looking for something else, they find an old ship and they've heard of the Griffin, so they pronounce it the Griffin.

  4. Superintendent Walt Griffin:

    He was reportedly fired because of a past precedent, but a district spokesmancouldnt say what that was, the station reported. Superintendent Walt Griffin wrote a letter to Brown condemning the speech. I am appalled with and extremely concerned about the abundance of profanity that you used with the students that you are responsible for supervising and leading.

  5. Dennis Quaid:

    Special Screening at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oct. 20, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ( Photo by Marco Garcia/Getty Images for Lionsgate Entertainment) Dennis Quaid, 65, AND PHD STUDENT Laura Savoie, 26, WILL MARRY WITHIN THE YEAR, STAR SAYS Quaid also shared it was never his intention to find someone Savoies age. I didnt go out looking for an age gap or someone really younger than me, he explained. I met Laura Savoie at a business event and then the relationship developed. You have no control over who you fall in love with, he continued. I dont fall in love easily. But I cant let what a few people think control all that. Ive been married three times and this is the final one, I know it is. I feel like I have a real partner in life. Quaid was previously dating longtime girlfriend Santa Auzina, whom he was last photographed with in December 2018, People Magazine reported. The couple, who were together for a little over two years, began dating after Dennis Quaid split from Dennis Quaid wife of 12 years, Kimberly Buffington, in 2016. The former pair finalized their divorced in April 2018. Quaid was previously married to actress Meg Ryan. The 10-year marriage ended in 2001. Dennis Quaid, 65, DATING PHD STUDENT Laura Savoie, 26 : REPORTS Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan are pictured here in February 2000. Dennis Quaid spoke to Fox News about Dennis Quaid first-ever splurge for the holidays. ( Photo by KMazur/WireImage via Getty) Dennis Quaid HOPES BY SHARING Dennis Quaid STORY WITH PAST ADDICTION ITLL HELP OTHERS : LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AFTERWARDS And before that, Dennis Quaid was married to actress P.J. Soles from 1978 until 1983. Earlier this month, Dennis Quaid told Entertainment Tonight hes eager to be a married man within the year. Youve got a year, right ? Dennis Quaid told the outlet. And if you go past a year without getting married, then youre suspect. Thats basic etiquette. According to Dennis Quaid, Dennis Quaid and Savoite began planning their wedding the next minute after Dennis Quaid popped the question in Hawaii last month. I think shes looking at wedding dresses today, Dennis Quaid said. Shes got ta get started. Dennis Quaid SHOWS OFF LAURA SAVOIES ENGAGEMENT RING According to People Magazine, this photo shows Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie on May 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. ( Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images) DENNIS QUAID ON NATASHA RICHARDSONS DEATH 10 YEARS LATER : SHES A BEAUTIFUL PERSON In late October, Dennis Quaid confirmed to Extra Dennis Quaid proposed to the 26-year-old after several months of dating. I had the ring in my pocket, Dennis Quaid gushed to the outlet. It has been kind of a month-and-a-half plan I wanted it to be private. At the time, Dennis Quaid revealed Dennis Quaid waited for the perfect sunset to pop the question. She was actually taking a selfie of us, and I put the ring in front and said, Will you marry me ? And then she fell down.

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    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
    • A. ternion
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