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Gibbon

[gib-uh n] /ˈgɪb ən/
noun
1.
Edward, 1737–94, English historian.
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gibbon

/ˈɡɪbən/
noun
1.
any small agile arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, inhabiting forests in S Asia
Word Origin
C18: from French, probably from an Indian dialect word

Gibbon

/ˈɡɪbən/
noun
1.
Edward. 1737–94, English historian; author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), controversial in its historical criticism of Christianity
2.
Lewis Grassic (ˈɡræsɪk), real name James Leslie Mitchell. 1901–35, Scottish writer: best known for his trilogy of novels Scots Quair (1932–34)
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Word Origin and History for edward gibbon
gibbon
1770, from Fr., supposedly from a word in the Fr. colonies of India but not found in any language there. Brought to Europe by Marquis Joseph-François Dupleix (1697-1763), Fr. governor general in India, 1742-54. The surname is O.Fr. Giboin, from Frank. *Geba-win "gift-friend," or in some cases a dim. of Gibb, itself a familiar form of Gilbert.
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