Definition of gaon
geonim\gāˈōnə̇m, ˌgāōˈnēm\ also
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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