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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.

    Etymology: From grifoun, from gryphus, from γρύψ.

  2. griffinnoun

    A person who has just arrived from Europe.

    Etymology: From grifoun, from gryphus, from γρύψ.

  3. Griffinnoun

    derived from Griffinus, a latinized form of Griffith.

    Etymology: From grifoun, from gryphus, from γρύψ.

  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.

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. Jamie Griffin:

    Jamie Griffin was bobbing up and down and Amy said Jamie Griffin's in trouble, they were not where they needed to be at all. Six to eight-foot waves, it was very rough.

  2. Daniel Griffin:

    Daniel Griffin can only Skype and FaceTime for so long before it has an impact on Daniel Griffin mental health.

  3. Scott Squires:

    Chaplains like Scott Squires and Kacie Griffin do not have to give up their First Amendment rights in order to serve their fellow soldiers.

  4. Sheriff Chitwood:

    We knew we were going to get beat up, criticized, a bit because there were several officers there. It never looks good. But then I was shown the body camera video, i watched the video. Mr. Griffin was great with my deputies. And my deputies were extremely professional. I called each and every one of them to thank them for their professionalism. I called Mr. Griffin, too, and thanked him for how he handled the situation. When you get stopped by police this is how to act. This really is a teachable moment. We can learn from each other.

  5. Shaquem Griffin:

    I always hold Shaquem Griffin to a higher standard than a lot of people just because if we’re running drills, if I drop a ball, they’re going to like, ‘ Well, he dropped the ball because he has one hand. ’ If anybody else drops a ball, they’re going to be like, ‘ Well, maybe it was a bad ball, ’.

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