leop·​ard | \ ˈle-pərd How to pronounce leopard (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Who had the idea for the cover image of a naked woman with the legs of a leopard? Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Keyboardist Chris Stainton on His Years With Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and the Who," 10 Mar. 2021 Ekpen, or the leopard, is a powerful animal in the forest. NOLA.com, "Ferocity of the leopard signals kingly qualities in 16th century Benin carving," 1 Feb. 2021 Just last year, a panicked leopard attacked five people in a village in the state of Punjab before it was trapped and tranquilized. Reuters, CNN, "Elephant that fell down well freed after 12-hour rescue mission," 23 Nov. 2020 Jeremy Irons narrates this film that follows a young leopard during the first three years of her life. oregonlive, "‘Power Book II: Ghost’; ‘Woke’; ‘Brother vs. Brother’; ‘Julie and the Phantoms’: TV This Week," 6 Sep. 2020 In another corner, Louis XVI bergères upholstered in leopard-print velvet flank a crimson lacquer 1970s bar cabinet. New York Times, "The Rome Apartment a Hotelier Calls Home," 18 Mar. 2021 The stand-up comedian and SNL cast member dressed in a leopard-print dress and adopted a London accent to play the pop star during a sketch in which Ego Nwodim plays Dionne Warwick hosting a talk show. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Dua Lipa says she'll 'never forget' Melissa Villaseñor's 'brilliant' SNL impersonation of her," 14 Mar. 2021 Sanctuary has kids' face masks and matching shirts in camouflage, leopard and dinosaur prints ($25 for a five-pack). oregonlive, "Halloween-theme face masks: Pumpkin and skeleton printed fabrics can be fun and protective," 26 Oct. 2020 The region’s farmers often encounter scenes of bloody slaughter in their pastures, knowing it was likely wrought by a marauding lion or leopard. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Painting Eyes on Cow Butts Could Save Cattle and Lion Lives," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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“Leopard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce leopard (audio) \

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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