pan·​ther | \ ˈpan(t)-thər How to pronounce panther (audio) \
plural panthers also panther

Definition of panther

1 : leopard: such as
a : a leopard of a hypothetical exceptionally large fierce variety
b : a leopard of the black color phase
3 : jaguar

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Examples of panther in a Sentence

the panther is surprisingly difficult to spot
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First Known Use of panther

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for panther

Middle English pantere, from Anglo-French panthere, from Latin panthera, from Greek panthēr

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The first known use of panther was in the 13th century

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24 Sep 2020

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“Panther.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of panther

: a large, black wildcat


pan·​ther | \ ˈpan-thər How to pronounce panther (audio) \

Kids Definition of panther

2 : cougar
3 : jaguar

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