griffon

noun

grif·​fon ˈgri-fən How to pronounce griffon (audio)

Examples of griffon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, Buddy Holly, a petit basset griffon Vendéen, was named the top dog. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 14 May 2024 Buddy Holly, a petit basset griffon Vendéen, wins Best in Show. CNN, 13 Nov. 2023 Best in Show ultimately went to a petit basset griffon Vendéen named Buddy Holly. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2023 Buddy Holly, a petit basset griffon Vendéen, was awarded the prestigious best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday night, beating out the other six canine finalists and their handlers. CBS News, 9 May 2023 Buddy Holly, a petit basset griffon Vendéen, has already earned a spot in the best in show and could make history with a win tonight. Jim Sergent, USA TODAY, 9 May 2023 In 1975, a vulture with a 10-foot wingspan—an Rüppell's griffon—was sucked into an airplane engine at nearly 38,000 feet. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2013 Scavenger species play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, but the griffon vulture was considered missing from Bulgaria until 1978, when scientists discovered a colony in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains. Lindsey McGinnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 The griffon vultures’ continued success in the region also offers hope for the cinereous and bearded vultures, both of which are native to Bulgaria but are now found only in Asia. Lindsey McGinnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021

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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, griffin

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of griffon was in 1882

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“Griffon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/griffon. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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