Definition of lion
1a or plural lion : a large heavily built social cat (Panthera leo) of open or rocky areas chiefly of sub-Saharan Africa though once widely distributed throughout Africa and southern Asia that has a tawny body with a tufted tail and a shaggy blackish or dark brown mane in the maleb : any of several large wildcats; especially : cougar 1c capitalized : leo
2a : a person felt to resemble a lion (as in courage or ferocity)b : a person of outstanding interest or importance a literary lion
3 capitalized [Lions (club)] : a member of a major national and international service club
lionlikeplay \ˈlī-ən-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of lion in a Sentence
the roar of the lion
He was a literary lion among the writers of his time.
Recent Examples of lion from the Web
Defenders International said one of the two elderly lions killed last week had suffered brain damage from head blows in the circus.
Lion is the largest 737 MAX customer, with 201 orders, one more than Southwest Airlines, which plans to begin flying the plane in October.
UM System President Mun Choi announced the cut Friday afternoon, speaking to faculty, staff and students on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia where the lion’s share of the job loss will occur.
The Lions had three-straight RBI doubles from Ali Salinas, Alyssa Robles and Gonzalez, and Arianna Lopez added an RBI single to left field.
The data showed interest in careers was literally all over the map, including top searches for: president (Texas and Oklahoma); zookeeper, (West Virginia); YouTube star (Ohio); bus driver (Mississippi); lion tamer (Louisiana); and ninja (Virginia).
The hall is large and chilly, the scene is otherworldly, a haphazard zoo suspended in time, bald eagles perched beside African lions reclining beside wild turkeys standing beside trunkfish swimming alongside cape buffalo and snow leopards.
Awang Kitchen opened in March in a new condominium built on the half-block lot where the Cantonese restaurant Harbor City once stood, flanked by golden lions.
The incident reportedly took place just after the sea lion had been fed breadcrumbs.
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Origin and Etymology of lion
Middle English lioun, from Anglo-French leun, lion, from Latin leon-, leo, from Greek leōn
First Known Use: 12th century
LION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lion for English Language Learners
: a large wild cat that has golden brown fur and that lives mainly in Africa
: a very important, powerful, or successful person
LION Defined for Kids
Definition of lion for Students
: a large meat-eating animal of the cat family that has a brownish buff coat, a tufted tail, and in the male a shaggy mane and that lives in Africa and southern Asia
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