lioness

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But will the veteran's standout turn as Queen Ramonda — part regal reserve, part inflamed lioness in winter, all irresistible catnip — go all the way to the Oscars? Joshua Rothkopf, EW.com, 13 Nov. 2022 Her Linda is less a lamb than a lioness, seeking not so much to enable Willy’s bullying impulses as to try to protect him from his own worst fears about himself. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2022 In 2018, Fitzgerald decided to branch out on her own, launching Lionne, French for lioness. José Criales-unzueta, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2022 At around noon local time on Sunday, security guards on patrol noticed that the middle-aged victim had climbed over a tall mesh fence and entered the enclosure of a lion, a lioness and two cubs. Reuters, NBC News, 30 Aug. 2022 At around noon local time on Sunday, security guards on patrol noticed that the middle-aged victim had climbed over a tall mesh fence and entered the enclosure of a lion, a lioness and two cubs. Reuters, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 According to a release from Zoo Knoxville, the female cub's mother, Amara, fatally injured the 4-week-old lion on July 14 following a medical procedure to help treat the lioness' acute renal deficiency. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2022 Following the death of 17-year-old lioness Akili at the Birmingham Zoo earlier this week, zoo spokesperson Jennifer Ogilvie said there are no current plans to remove from the habitat the male lion, Josh, that attacked her. Heather Gann | Hgann@al.com, al, 21 July 2022 Staff members at the Birmingham Zoo are mourning the loss of their African lioness Akili. Amethyst Tate, PEOPLE.com, 20 July 2022 See More

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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 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

lioness

noun

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

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