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 The lioness clamped onto Lee’s arm and refused to let go, even when struck in the head with a pipe. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Lions have lived in Anchorage as business attractions and pets over the years. Here’s how that worked out.," 14 Sep. 2020 In early August, a lioness was spotted snuggling up to her young cubs at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Remarkable pictures show first lion cubs born at zoo in nearly half-century," 1 Sep. 2020 In December 2018, researchers at the Gir National Park in India stumbled upon a lioness who appeared to have adopted a baby leopard as one of her own. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a ‘Bizarre’ Biological Twist, a Mother Lion Adopted a Leopard Cub in India," 3 Mar. 2020 In January, a lioness at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland was captured on film nuzzling its 5-month-old cub. Fox News, "Photographer captures incredible image of lion cub appearing to kiss its mother on her nose," 7 July 2020 Ernaux, who is seventy-nine years old, is not well known outside of France, but in her native country she is considered something of a literary lioness, for her stouthearted willingness to mine material from her own life. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Is More Than a “Manifesto on the Female Gaze”," 4 Mar. 2020 Two 7-year-old African lionesses, named Amali and Sunny, came to the zoo from Milwaukee County Zoo in January, and a 7-year-old female Amur tiger named Sasha arrived in December from Peoria Zoo in Illinois, according to a press release. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Three big cats are the newest additions to Louisville Zoo," 28 Feb. 2020 Thatcher had no model for being a lioness at leisure. Elaine Showalter, Washington Post, "Margaret Thatcher’s last stand," 6 Dec. 2019 As the young lionesses of (G)I-dle reshape the terrain by ‘dancing to the lion’s wild beat’ and walk through the carcasses of their naysayers to ‘take their crowns’, their message is loud and clear: take your best shot. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best K-pop Songs of 2019: Critics' Picks," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lioness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2020

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“Lioness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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