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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the Bible, a Hebrew judge who vehemently opposed the Baal cult and defeated the Midianites.
  • n. A member of an interdenominational and international society known for placing Bibles in hotel rooms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A warrior judge of Israel.
  • proper n. A male given name, taken to use by Puritans.

Etymologies

From Gideons International, formerly the Gideon Society, after Gideon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew גִּדְעוֹן (gid'ón, "Gideon"). (Wiktionary)

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