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
Examples of cougar in a Sentence
in many regions, suburban developments have encroached upon the habitat of the cougar
Recent Examples of cougar from the Web
The young male, which had previously been fitted with a GPS collar, was trapped as part of an ongoing WDFW study of interactions between cougars and their human neighbors in towns like Duvall, Fall City and North Bend.
This year, there were more than 400 entries of dead waterfowl, dead cougars, dead bluegill, dead etc.
There were also monkeys, llamas, cougars and who knows what else roaming around.
Cougars, leopards, and jaguars have all been observed employing such techniques, and in the fall of 2005 the researchers were able to confirm the anecdotes.
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Origin and Etymology of cougar
French couguar, modification of New Latin cuguacuarana, from Tupi s i̵wasuarána, from s i̵wásu deer + -ran resembling
First Known Use: 1774See Words from the same year
COUGAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cougar for English Language Learners
: a large brownish cat that was once common in North and South America
COUGAR Defined for Kids
Definition of cougar for Students
: a large yellowish brown wild animal of North and South America related to the domestic cat
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