ned gibbon


Edward, 1737–94, English historian. Unabridged
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gibbon (ˈɡɪbən)
any small agile arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, inhabiting forests in S Asia
[C18: from French, probably from an Indian dialect word]

Gibbon (ˈɡɪbən)
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 & History

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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