lionize

verb li·on·ize \ ˈlī-ə-ˌnīz \

Definition of lionize

lionized; lionizing
transitive verb
:to treat as an object of great interest or importance

lionization

play \ˌlī-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

lionizer

play \ˈlī-ə-ˌnī-zər\ noun

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Examples of lionize in a Sentence

  1. She was lionized everywhere after her novel won the Pulitzer Prize.

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The lion is traditionally regarded as the king of beasts, and perhaps rightly so - the lion is brave, stately, and quite often ferocious. Those qualities that earn the lion respect from other creatures were probably in people's minds when, in the 18th century, lion came to be used for a person who is similarly well-regarded, especially after a long and distinguished career in a particular field. A veteran lawmaker might be considered one of the lions of the Senate; a literary lion has enjoyed a long career as a successful writer. This sense of lion forms the basis of lionize, which first appeared in English in the early 19th century.

First Known Use of lionize

1809


LIONIZE Defined for English Language Learners

lionize

verb

Definition of lionize for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone) as a very important and famous person



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