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 Most women adorn their limbs with black paint, like leopard spots, and their cheeks with geometric designs; their scalps are shorn in a distinctive V. The men traditionally wear their hair shoulder-length and their bodies intricately painted. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 The 8-year-old lives in Newport Beach with two humans, Dan and Amy Nykolayko, fellow French bulldog Ace — a dry-ground kind of guy — and a pink surfboard with blue leopard spots. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach bulldog is canine queen of the waves," 29 Aug. 2019 Biologists have long assumed that Turing's mechanism is responsible for zebra stripes and leopard spots and perhaps even for monkeyflower nectar guides. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 In new photos posted on Instagram, Beyoncé wore head-to-toe leopard print in a custom corset, skirt, and gloves by Duckie Confetti. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Wore Head-to-Toe Custom Leopard Print and Shut Down the Holidays," 23 Dec. 2019 Beyoncé posed in a knee-length, strapless, leopard-print dress, accessorized with matching gloves, heels and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Beyonce Stuns in Alluring Cat-Inspired, Leopard-Print Look: See the Photos," 22 Dec. 2019 Backstage, the 31-year-old singer-rapper-flutist was curled up on a leather couch in leopard-print pants and a nude blouse. Gerrick D. Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "100% her year: How Lizzo became the one thing we all loved in 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 The crowd here had matured from jumpsuits and Instagram-trendy leopard-print skirts into Ace & Jig and Ullah Johnson. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "I spent a year at women’s empowerment conferences: Hear me roar," 8 Jan. 2020 Get ready to go axe throwing while wearing leopard print clothes and drinking spiked seltzer come January 1. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Axe throwing and hard seltzer: Here are 2020's hottest spending trends," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of leopard was in the 13th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Leopard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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