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From Gibb +‎ -son.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English and Scottish patronymic surname​.
  2. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) A manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars.


Gibson (plural Gibsons)

  1. A cocktail made with gin and vermouth, garnished with cocktail onions. [from 20th c.]
    • 1962, Allen Drury, A Shade of Difference:
      "I doubt it, Tommy," the Majority Leader said, coming up behind him so unexpectedly that the little Justice jumped and almost spilled his Gibson.
    • 1968, Ross Macdonald, The Instant Enemy:
      I found Willie in the airport bar drinking a Gibson.
  2. An acoustic or electric guitar made by the Gibson company.
    • 2000, Larry Sandberg, The Acoustic Guitar Guide:
      Many older Gibsons have become collector's items: [] But older Gibsons are also good player's guitars.
    • 2008, Rick Rinehart, ‎Amy Rinehart, Dare to Survive: Death, Heartbreak, and Triumph in the Wild, p. xiv:
      We'd like to think that his spirit lives on under the western sky he so loved, strumming his Gibson somewhere and belting out a Woody Guthrie ballad to an audience of coyotes and rabbitbrush.

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