leop·​ard | \ ˈle-pərd \

Definition of leopard

1a : a large strong cat (Panthera pardus) of southern Asia and Africa that is adept at climbing and is usually tawny or buff with black spots arranged in rosettes

called also panther

b : the fur or pelt of a leopard
2 : a heraldic representation of a lion passant guardant

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Much like leopard print, there’s room for less-obvious hues to be the prominent shade in an ensemble: just ask Lupita Nyong’o, who stepped out in all-over metallics last night. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong’o Matched Her Entire Outfit to Her Disco Ball Heels," 11 Jan. 2019 Earlier this year, media reports and wildlife experts said at least three children have been killed by leopards in a series of attacks in rural India. Fox News, "'Baby snatcher' monkey hunted after infant found dead in well," 2 Oct. 2018 In the glam photo, both mother and daughter look flawless, with Kris Jenner rocking an iconic leopard print coat, and looking deservedly glitzy. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Just Posted the Sweetest Tribute to 'Strong & Fabulous' Kris Jenner," 22 Dec. 2018 Get ready to kiss your little leopard flats goodbye because camo-print loafers are going to be your go-to, everyday shoe for sure! Jasmine Snow, Seventeen, "Fashion Trends," 12 June 2013 The runway look was complete with a long leopard-print dress, a black coat, and black boots. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Models Wore Chic Pigtails for Alexander Wang’s Fall 2019 Fashion Show," 3 Dec. 2018 Perhaps the most notorious room is the leopard-print bathroom covered in Helmut Newton photographs—including Elsa Peretti in a bunny costume. Kate Donnelly, Town & Country, "At Home with Texas Philanthropist Lynn Wyatt," 19 Oct. 2018 One thing is for sure, there's no shortage of ingenious and stylish ways to rock the leopard look. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland Wore a Leopard Print Coat," 14 Oct. 2018 The Times of India reported that the leopard sparked chaos after wandering into a neighborhood of the central Indian city of Indore. Fox News, "'Baby snatcher' monkey hunted after infant found dead in well," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of leopard

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leopard

Middle English, from Anglo-French lepart, leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos, from leōn lion + pardos leopard

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English Language Learners Definition of leopard

: a large brownish-yellow cat with black spots that lives in Asia and Africa


leop·​ard | \ ˈle-pərd \

Kids Definition of leopard

: a large animal of the cat family found in Asia and Africa that has a brownish buff coat with black spots and is an excellent climber

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