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Gaon

[gah-ohn; Sephardic Hebrew gah-awn; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-ohn, goin] /ˈgɑ oʊn; Sephardic Hebrew gɑˈɔn; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈgɑ oʊn, gɔɪn/
noun, plural Geonim
[Sephardic Hebrew ge-aw-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew gey-oh-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew gɛ ɔˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew geɪˈoʊ nɪm/ (Show IPA).
English, Gaons.
1.
a title of honor for the directors of the Jewish academies at Sura and Pumbedita in Babylonia, used from the end of the 6th century a.d. to about the beginning of the 11th century.
2.
an eminent Jewish scholar noted for wisdom and knowledge of the Talmud:
the Gaon of Vilna.
Origin of Gaon
1770-1780
1770-80; < Hebrew: literally, majesty
Related forms
Gaonic
[gey-on-ik] /geɪˈɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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