Definition of lion
1a or plural lion : a large heavily built social cat (Panthera leo) of open or rocky areas chiefly of sub-Saharan Africa though once widely distributed throughout Africa and southern Asia that has a tawny body with a tufted tail and a shaggy blackish or dark brown mane in the maleb : any of several large wildcats; especially : cougar 1c capitalized : leo
2a : a person felt to resemble a lion (as in courage or ferocity)b : a person of outstanding interest or importance a literary lion
3 capitalized [Lions (club)] : a member of a major national and international service club
lionlikeplay \ˈlī-ən-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of lion in a Sentence
the roar of the lion
He was a literary lion among the writers of his time.
Recent Examples of lion from the Web
Net Value Playa Del Rey Adam Fox of the nonprofit Marine Animal Rescue swoops in to capture a sea lion that had been attacked by a shark.
Saying that Obamacare didn’t change Medicaid except for the expansions is like saying that, aside from the children, the lion never hurt anyone.
A maneuverable eye in the sky has made unmanned aircraft a go-to method for counting sea lion populations, mapping ice cover, and perhaps one day for search-and-rescue operations off Alaska's coast.
Two huge lions sat atop the original brewhouse building, leading it to become known as the Lion Brewery.
As the ships pulled in, they were welcomed with gongs, lion dancers, flag-waving greeters and plumes of spray from fire boats.
Other transient orcas, which eat marine mammals such as stellar sea lions and seals, also migrate through the Salish Sea.
Combining precious stones and colored enamels that feature the brand’s iconic lion motif, the colorful pieces will be on display at their Fifth Avenue store today until July 28.
MORE REDS NEWS: For Adam Duvall, proving doubters wrong is old hat Tucker Barnhart will handle the lion’s share of catching duties, with Rule 5 draft pick Stuart Turner serving in the more prototypical backup role.
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Origin and Etymology of lion
Middle English lioun, from Anglo-French leun, lion, from Latin leon-, leo, from Greek leōn
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
LION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lion for English Language Learners
: a large wild cat that has golden brown fur and that lives mainly in Africa
: a very important, powerful, or successful person
LION Defined for Kids
Definition of lion for Students
: a large meat-eating animal of the cat family that has a brownish buff coat, a tufted tail, and in the male a shaggy mane and that lives in Africa and southern Asia
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