cougar

noun cou·gar \ ˈkü-gər also -ˌgär \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of cougar

plural cougars also 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

  1. in many regions, suburban developments have encroached upon the habitat of the cougar

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Origin and Etymology of cougar

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

cougar Synonyms

Other Mammals Terms


COUGAR Defined for English Language Learners

cougar

Definition of cougar for English Language Learners

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


COUGAR Defined for Kids

cougar

noun cou·gar \ ˈkü-gər \

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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