noun li·on \ˈlī-ən\

: a large wild cat that has golden brown fur and that lives mainly in Africa

: a very important, powerful, or successful person

plural lions

Full Definition of LION

a or plural lion :  a large heavily built social cat (Panthera leo) of open or rocky areas chiefly of sub-Saharan Africa though once widely distributed throughout Africa and southern Asia that has a tawny body with a tufted tail and a shaggy blackish or dark brown mane in the male
b :  any of several large wildcats; especially :  cougar 1
c capitalized :  leo
a :  a person felt to resemble a lion (as in courage or ferocity)
b :  a person of outstanding interest or importance <a literary lion>
capitalized [Lions (club)] :  a member of a major national and international service club
li·on·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of LION

  1. the roar of the lion
  2. He was a literary lion among the writers of his time.

Origin of LION

Middle English lioun, from Anglo-French leun, lion, from Latin leon-, leo, from Greek leōn
First Known Use: 12th century
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noun li·on \ˈlī-ən\

Definition of LION for Kids

:  a large meat-eating animal of the cat family that has a brownish buff coat, a tufted tail, and in the male a shaggy mane and that lives in Africa and southern Asia


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