li·​on·​ess | \ ˈlī-ə-nəs How to pronounce lioness (audio) \

Definition of lioness

: a female lion

Examples of lioness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All-female groups, known as lioness teams and later as female engagement teams or cultural support teams, were key to counterinsurgency campaigns that long ignored what could be learned from female civilians on the battlefield. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 In the latter instance, in 1839, consul Thomas N. Carr from New York, both a lion and lioness showed up on the Legation doorstep after weeks of rumors of their impending arrival from the imperial court in. Graham Cornwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 Earlier this month, a nine-year-old lioness named Neela died at the Valandur Zoo after testing positive for Covid-19. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The deceased nine-year-old lioness—named Neela—died at the Valandur Zoo near Chennai, and died Thursday evening after showing some nasal discharge the previous day, The News Minute reported. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The National Tiger Conservation Authority, an agency under the government's environmental ministry, issued its order on Monday after the death of a Covid-positive lioness a few days prior. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 9 June 2021 On Thursday, a symptomatic 9-year-old lioness named Neela died. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 9 June 2021 Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, an 18-acre property in Lake County, is the only accredited multi-species animal sanctuary in the Midwest, and currently also cares for four tigers, an African lioness and a cougar. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 In January 2005, they were transferred to Phoenix Zoo, where an older lioness, Pima, was in need of companionship, according to Vetter. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lioness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lioness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lioness

: a female lion


li·​on·​ess | \ ˈlī-ə-nəs How to pronounce lioness (audio) \

Kids Definition of lioness

: a female lion

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