Pronunciation: (kal'vin), [key]
1. John (Jean Chauvin or Caulvin), 1509–64, French theologian and reformer in Switzerland: leader in the Protestant Reformation.
2. Melvin, 1911-1997, U.S. chemist: Nobel prize 1961.
3. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “bald.”
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