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

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials used dogs to track the cougar. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Officials kill cougar that tried to attack a child in Leavenworth park," 3 June 2019 There are about 6,600 cougars — also called commonly called mountain lions or pumas — throughout Oregon. Gillian Flaccus, Fox News, "Authorities: Dead Oregon hiker likely killed by cougar," 12 Sep. 2018 Dating him is what finally convinced me this cougar business is a load of crap. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "Men My Age Wouldn’t Date Me, so I Became a ‘Cougar’," 5 Apr. 2019 The area is home to big horn sheep, wild turkeys and one of Nebraska’s only permanent cougar populations. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 Foxes, snakes, birds, chickens, monkeys, cougars, and coyotes have all shown the ability to live in cities. Aditi Shrikant,, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 They are accused of killing more than 200 animals including deer, bears, cougars, bobcats and a squirrel. Marlena Baldacci And Madison Park, CNN, "Poaching ring suspects killed hundreds of animals for 'thrill of the kill,' authorities say," 18 May 2018 For the next phase of the research, the team collected severed cat tongues from six different species: a domestic cat, a bobcat, a cougar, a snow leopard, a tiger, and a lion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials searched the area, but could not locate the cougar, FOX12 reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Alpaca caught on video chasing after cougar to save her baby," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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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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