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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
preposition Gin
Against; near by; towards; as, gin night.

Etymology: AS. geá(n.) See Again

conjunction Gin

Etymology: See Gin prep

verb Gin
To begin; -- often followed by an infinitive without to; as, gan tell. See Gan.

Etymology: OE. ginnen, AS. ginnanin comp.), prob. orig., to open, cut open, cf. OHG. inginnan to begin, open, cut open, and prob. akin to AS. gīnan to yawn, and E. yawn. √31. See Yawn (v. i.), and cf. Begin

noun Gin
A strong alcoholic liquor, distilled from rye and barley, and flavored with juniper berries; -- also called Hollands and Holland gin, because originally, and still very extensively, manufactured in Holland. Common gin is usually flavored with turpentine.

Etymology: Contr. from Geneva. See 2d Geneva

noun Gin
  1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare.
    1. A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.
    2. [Mining]
      A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.
  2. A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton gin.

Note: ☞ The name is also given to an instrument of torture worked with screws, and to a pump moved by rotary sails.

Etymology: A contraction of engine

verb Gin
  1. To catch in a trap.(Obs)
  2. To clear of seeds by a machine; as, to gin cotton.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points
  2. A machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers
  3. A trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
  4. Strong liquor flavored with juniper berries
  5. Trap with a snare ("gin game")
  6. Separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin
  1. gin (liquor made from juniper berries)

Notable Persons Named Gin

Gin Wigmore is a folk rock, alternative rock, pop music, pop rock, soul music, blues, blues rock, and jazz singer-songwriter. She plays Guitar, Ukulele, and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2008. Gin was given the name Virginia Claire Wigmore on June 6th, 1986 in Auckland. Gin is also known as Gin, Wigmore, and Virginia Claire.



Gin Dan Wong is a in the field of architecture. Gin was born on September 17th, 1922.




Notable Persons With the Last Name Gin


Kate and Gin is a dog training and dog trainer. Their ongoing career started in 2008. Kate was born in 1991 in Norbury, Cheshire, England.


Sandra Gin is a news anchor/reporter, news presenter, and journalist. Her career lasted from 1994 to 1994.


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Popularity of Gin as a last name

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Common last names for Gin

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gin U.S.
  White 9.61% 64.26%
  African American 0.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 77.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gin

People with the last name Gin are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Gin

  • How Popular is the name Gin? Gin is the 55,146th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gin was the 18,354th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30 babies born with the first name Gin in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Gin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gin is Monday, June 21st, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Gin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gin was in 2016 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gin: Your name in reverse order is Nig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ing. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,509 people with the last name Gin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gin as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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