lioness

noun

li·​on·​ess ˈlī-ə-nəs How to pronounce lioness (audio)
: a female lion

Examples of lioness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the animals are tigers Serenity and Theodora, Douala the lioness, a zebra named Zuko and Wolfgang the wildebeest. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 2 June 2024 The picture is bright, though some high-contrast shots of silhouetted objects show slightly muddy or washed-out shadow details; the contours of a lioness against a sunset are slightly indistinct, while trees against a stormy sky are a bit too light. PCMAG, 30 May 2024 The next month, The Bee described a quiet lion and lioness — named Romeo and Juliet. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 8 May 2024 In the early hours of May 20, an African lioness welcomed four cubs to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 23 May 2024 Orozco is an artist at heart and created an image of the green-eyed mountain lioness for which the Leoncita block is named for the label of this wine. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Another cage, divided into two sections, featured 10-year-old Sooner the Bengal tiger, Nero the lion and Cleopatra the lioness. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 8 May 2024 Bonham Carter sinks her teeth into this larger-than-life personality, portraying a lioness in the winter of her career who understands that even if the show is dreck, being its star has become inextricably entwined with her identity. Brian Lowry, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Lazy lionesses block the vehicle of guide Mariet Mashonganyika African Bush Camps Suddenly, a pack of wild dogs flashes by in hot pursuit of an impala. Jesse Ashlock, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lioness was in the 14th century

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“Lioness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lioness. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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lioness

noun
li·​on·​ess ˈlī-ə-nəs How to pronounce lioness (audio)
: a female lion

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