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
MORE REDS NEWS: For Adam Duvall, proving doubters wrong is old hat Tucker Barnhart will handle the lion’s share of catching duties, with Rule 5 draft pick Stuart Turner serving in the more prototypical backup role.
A traditional predator, the lion, may also be taking a growing toll.
Bring a Father’s Day card to marine animal dads sea lions Ace and Bud, and dolphin dads Indigo and Noel, and your dad will receive free admission to the park June 12-18.
Like other magazine publishers, Time is struggling to reinvent itself as print advertising dries up and the lion’s share of digital advertising dollars goes to Facebook Inc. and Google.
A school in Prince William County, Va., is keeping a close eye on its students after a report of a mountain lion near an elementary school.
Lions fans were upset about red cards the referee issued in the team's 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire last weekend.
Defenders International said one of the two elderly lions killed last week had suffered brain damage from head blows in the circus.
With doves, dogs, deer, lions, and goats, The Leftovers has shown how to look into an animal’s eyes is to realize something about yourself.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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