Gideon

noun
Gid·e·on | \ˈgi-dē-ən \

Definition of Gideon 

1 : an early Hebrew hero noted for his defeat of the Midianites

2 : a member of an interdenominational organization whose activities include the placing of Bibles in hotel rooms

First Known Use of Gideon

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Gideon

Hebrew Gidhʽōn

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