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lion

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noun li·on \ˈlī-ən\

Simple Definition of lion

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

  • : a very important, powerful, or successful person

Full Definition of lion

plural lions

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 a :  a person felt to resemble a lion (as in courage or ferocity) b :  a person of outstanding interest or importance <a literary lion>

  3. 3 capitalized [Lions (club)] :  a member of a major national and international service club

li·on·like play \-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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