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[jahylz] /dʒaɪlz/
Saint, 8th century a.d., Athenian hermit in France.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “shieldbearer.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Giles had refused to believe his assertion of innocence, and he had no proof.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • I have since learnt that these ranges were seen by Mr. Giles, and were named the Warburton Ranges.

  • I am greatly pleased with you, and greatly obliged to Sir Giles.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I cannot make them out to be Mr. Gosse's; they must be Mr. Giles's.

  • I believe you are a bad woman, and came here to steal Giles from me.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for Giles


Saint. 7th century ad, Greek hermit in France; patron saint of cripples, beggars, and lepers. Feast day: Sept 1
William Ernest Powell. 1835–97, Australian explorer, born in England. He was noted esp for his exploration of the western desert (1875–76)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Giles

masc. proper name, from Old French Gilles, from Latin Aegidius, from aegis (see aegis). Often used as a typical name of a simple-minded farmer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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