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

Examples of panther in a Sentence

the panther is surprisingly difficult to spot
Recent Examples on the Web But instead of going all-in on that panther tattoo or buying a motorcycle, there are actually ways to turn your crisis into one of the best moments of your life. Ebony Williams, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 With his wife of 15 years, professional photographer Holly Cruikshank Ireland, and their two daughters, Addy and Brooke, Ireland has adopted four pet reptiles: a Florida king snake, an African ball python, a bearded dragon and a panther chameleon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Last September, a giant panther bounded across the Carolina Panthers’ stadium in a similar fashion. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 21 Apr. 2022 It’s the 10th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 10 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Such is the case with the desert panther in Saudi and the Snow Panther in China. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 From a wad of cash to a black panther etc., these handbags are usually made out to resemble everyday objects. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 4 Apr. 2022 The remains of the 1-year-old female panther were found Friday along a rural road southwest of Clewiston in Hendry County, wildlife officials said., 19 Feb. 2022 The reference to their roommate’s dream of a black panther is portrayed in a black-and-white doodle of a gun, the smoke from its barrel morphing into a cat with a human face — Joyce’s slippery surrealism fleshed out. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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

Kids Definition of panther

1 : leopard
2 : cougar
3 : jaguar

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