gaon

noun, often capitalized ga·on \ ˈgäˌōn \

Definition of gaon

plural geonim \gāˈōnə̇m, ˌgāōˈnēm\ also gaons
1 :a Jewish head of one of the Babylonian academies at Sura and Pumbedita from about a.d. 589–1038 and usually an eminent religious scholar and judicial authority used as a title of honor — compare exilarch
2 :an outstanding intellectual and Talmudic scholar
  • the celebrated 18th century gaon of Vilna

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Origin and Etymology of gaon

Hebrew gā'ōn majesty, excellence (plural gĕ'ōnīm)


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