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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Examples of leopard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Executives were seated around a Universal City conference table when their PowerPoint about production design was interrupted by a busty blonde wearing leopard-print arm warmers and not much else. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 Diane von Furstenberg, with Andy Warhol and actress Monique van Vooren in New York in 1974, wears one of her own designs, a leopard-print wrap dress. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 8 May 2022 The exhibit on display celebrated fellow first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s closet, and Clinton wore a leopard-print dress with a shiny brown shawl. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 2 May 2022 In the center, there's an embroidered leopard that adds a modern element. Taylor Lane, PEOPLE.com, 28 June 2021 Photographs like this or her image of zebras in the Arctic or a leopard walking a gallery floor amid hundreds of coffee cups provoke big question marks, big enough to require curatorial answers. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022 Look no further than some super moms who were not going to let their children be in danger, like one mom who punched a mountain lion to save her 5-year-old son or another mother that chased down a leopard that grabbed her son. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Their dog, a Catahoula leopard named Cat, also attended. Lois Smith Brady, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Behind every beautiful photo of a sunset in the Maldives, or a leopard on the prowl on safari, there was a photographer and his gear. Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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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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