gor·​gon ˈgȯr-gən How to pronounce gorgon (audio)
capitalized : any of three snake-haired sisters in Greek mythology whose appearance turns the beholder to stone
: an ugly or repulsive woman
Gorgonian adjective

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The Gorgons were three monstrous sisters in Greek mythology, the most famous of whom was Medusa. They had snakes for hair, and anyone who looked directly at them was immediately turned to stone. Medusa herself was finally beheaded by the hero Perseus, who avoided looking straight at her by instead watching her reflection in his mirrorlike shield. Today the familiar types of jellyfish, with long snakelike tentacles descending from their headlike bodies, are known as medusas.

Examples of gorgon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Playwright Kenny Hahn delves into the human side of the famous gorgon. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2023 Instead of an evil monster, Haynes’s Medusa is a beloved gorgon sister with a keen intellect and a curiosity about the human world. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 The premise features Frankenstein’s monster teaming up with a werewolf, a vampire and a gorgon to fight Nazis in World War II. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 31 Jan. 2023 Georgie Farmer plays Ajax, a gorgon who can turn people into stone. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 1 Dec. 2022 Kennedy will guest star as Medusa, the infamous gorgon. Joe Otterson, Variety, 13 Oct. 2022 Cherry Jones pops in for a brief moment as Vivi's mother, a semi-gorgon who seems deeply terrorized by Vivi's father (David Rasche). Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 10 June 2022 Gone are the days when Kratos, the protagonist of Sony’s top franchise, slaughters and grunts his way through endless hordes of minotaurs and gorgons. Popular Science, 13 Apr. 2020 Pan/Carcosa's companion Nagaina is a gorgon, like the mythological Medusa. Leah Marilla Thomas, refinery29.com, 27 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History


Latin Gorgon-, Gorgo, from Greek Gorgōn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gorgon was in the 14th century

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“Gorgon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of three snaky-haired sisters in Greek mythology capable of turning to stone anyone who looked at them

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