cou·​gar | \ ˈkü-gər How to pronounce cougar (audio) also -ˌgär \
plural cougars also cougar

Definition of cougar

1 : a large powerful tawny-brown cat (Puma concolor synonym Felis concolor) formerly widespread in the Americas but now reduced in number or extinct in many areas

called also catamount, mountain lion, panther, puma

2 slang : a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man

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Examples of cougar in a Sentence

in many regions, suburban developments have encroached upon the habitat of the cougar
Recent Examples on the Web The Indian maiden is 12 inches tall, the Sun Valley dish is 7 inches in diameter and the cougar is 9 inches wide. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 This cougar had been in the city at least once before, McDonald said. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 The cougar seems to leap from the new wildlife work, surrounded by monarch butterflies and native plants. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Just last week, a doorbell surveillance camera caught a cougar strolling back and forth in front of family’s home near Forest Park. oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2020 In October, a hiker survived being stalked by a female cougar in Provo’s Slate Canyon for six minutes. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 More:This Newport home once housed a cougar, a brothel, a Mexican restaurant. Chris Varias, The Enquirer, 11 Mar. 2021 The zoo is home to a collection of Asian elephants, a collection of sea lions, and Shasta the cougar, mascot of the University of Houston. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 The cameras were installed to track the site’s cougar population, but have been useful in recording other species as well. Jacob Muñoz, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of cougar

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cougar

French couguar, modification of New Latin cuguacuarana, from Tupi sɨwasuarána, from sɨwásu deer + -ran resembling

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14 Jun 2021

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“Cougar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cougar

: a large brownish cat that was once common in North and South America


cou·​gar | \ ˈkü-gər How to pronounce cougar (audio) \

Kids Definition of cougar

: a large yellowish brown wild animal of North and South America related to the domestic cat


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