Definition of griffon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrifən/


1A dog of any of several terrierlike breeds originating in northwestern Europe.
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  • In France the wirehaired pointing griffon and the Brittany were bred for similar motives, as was the Vizsla in Hungary.
1.1 (also Brussels griffon) A dog of a toy breed with a flat face and upturned chin.
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  • According to the AKC, the oft-maligned Toy group is making a comeback of sorts: The registration list's biggest climbers these days are the Chinese crested and the Brussels griffon.
  • The Brussels griffon seems to have descended from a dog used by 17th-century Belgian peasants to rid their stables of rats.
2 (also griffon vulture) A large Old World vulture with predominantly pale brown plumage.
  • Genus Gyps, family Accipitridae: four species, in particular the Eurasian G. fulvus and the African Ruppell’s griffon (G. ruepelli).
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  • For birdwatchers, several hundred species call India home, including the rare narcondum hornbill, megapode, and griffon vulture.
  • There is also plenty of birdlife up here, and there are frequent sightings of griffon vultures.
  • Dozens of griffon vultures with wingspans of up to 2.80 metres were spotted in the south of the Netherlands on Monday.
3 variant spelling of griffin.


Middle English (in sense 2 and sense 3): variant of griffin; sense 1 was adopted from French in the 18th century.

Words that rhyme with griffon


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Syllabification: grif·fon

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