griffin

noun
grif·​fin | \ ˈgri-fən How to pronounce griffin (audio) \
variants: or griffon or less commonly

Definition of griffin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a mythical animal typically having the head, forepart, and wings of an eagle and the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion

Griffin

biographical name
Grif·​fin | \ ˈgri-fən How to pronounce Griffin (audio) \

Definition of Griffin (Entry 2 of 3)

Walter Burley 1876–1937 American architect

Griffin

geographical name
Grif·​fin | \ ˈgri-fən How to pronounce Griffin (audio) \

Definition of Griffin (Entry 3 of 3)

city south-southeast of Atlanta in west central Georgia population 23,643

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

Examples of griffin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hart said the debate over the griffin missed the bigger picture. Ryan J. Foley, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 Hart said the debate over the griffin missed the bigger picture. NBC News, 17 Sep. 2021 Supporters of the griffin, including the Back the Blue group, framed its removal as an affront to officers. Ryan J. Foley, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Sep. 2021 Supporters of the griffin, including the Back the Blue group, framed its removal as an affront to officers. NBC News, 17 Sep. 2021 Supporters of the griffin, including the Back the Blue group, framed its removal as an affront to officers. Ryan J. Foley, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 Yet as noted, geomyths like the griffin and Cyclopes arose from specific geographical regions that feature remains not found elsewhere. Timothy John Burbery, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 Historian Adrienne Mayor argues that the Asian dinosaur Proceratops may have inspired myths of the griffin. Manuel Balce Ceneta, National Geographic, 21 Sep. 2020 Bacteria had eaten away at the iron artifacts onboard, but wooden artifacts, including the masthead of a griffin-dog chimera holding a person’s head in its mouth, remained intact. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of griffin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for griffin

Noun

Middle English griffon, from Anglo-French grif, griffun, from Latin gryphus, from Greek gryp-, gryps

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The first known use of griffin was in the 14th century

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“Griffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/griffin. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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griffin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of griffin

: an animal that is half eagle and half lion

griffin

noun
grif·​fin
variants: or griffon also gryphon \ ˈgri-​fən \

Kids Definition of griffin

: an imaginary animal that is half eagle and half lion

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