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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After all, leopard print and jewels are suitable for any old place. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 The debut collection features seven bags such as a leather clutch available in black and leopard print ($128). Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachael Ray Launches Fashion E-Commerce Site Featuring Female-Founded Brands," 22 Mar. 2019 Predators such as lions and leopards and hyena stalk them. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Smaller wildcats in captivity, such as servals or ocelots, are often fed a domestic cat-like diet, while big cats such as jaguars and leopards get meat and animal carcasses. National Geographic, "Do Big Cats Get Hairballs?," 17 Mar. 2018 Take note from Adwoa Aboah: The British model and activist spent last summer in Positano off of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and wore a pair of leopard-print bicycle shorts and an adorable straw hat with statement platforms. Vogue, "Spring Break Forever! Shop the Best Vacation Style From Around the Globe," 21 Mar. 2019 Case in point: Kim in her sheer leopard print catsuit. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian's Naked Leopard-Print Catsuit Is Straight Out of 'The Aristocats'," 7 Mar. 2019 Despite caregivers' efforts, the leopard refused food and water. Rafi Letxter, Washington Post, "Virus terrible for dogs shows up in critically endangered leopard," 20 Jan. 2018 McKinney designed 12 styles for the collection, which goes live today, and features stylish, feminine designs offered in leopard prints, flirty gingham, bold polka dots, and graphic stripes. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Exclusive: Charlotte McKinney's Guess Collection Will Leave You Thirsting For Summer," 4 Feb. 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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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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