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
Recent Examples on the Web But many of the stories center on the author’s vision of T’Challa, the prince, the panther, but not always the hero here. Felecia Wellington Radel, USA TODAY, "Black authors imagine new tales in the 'Black Panther' world in anthology 'Tales of Wakanda'," 9 Mar. 2021 One of the leopards in this area is a very rare melanistic individual – a black panther. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, "25 Amazing Photo Finalists Of Sony World Photography Professional Competition 2021," 4 Mar. 2021 Born pure to the blood, with the heart of a panther. Andrea Cuttler, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dominique Fishback Says She 'Became a Woman' While Filming Judas and the Black Messiah," 3 Mar. 2021 Several trips to the Paris zoo and one panther fur coat later, Toussaint designed the Panthère emerald brooch for Wallis Simpson in 1948—and socialites all over the world pounced. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "How Jewelers Rose to the Occasion in 2021," 25 Jan. 2021 The blue-themed ensemble features their original leaping panther logo and red trim. Bill Whitehead, Star Tribune, "Tyler Johnson scores twice, Lightning rout Panthers 6-1," 13 Feb. 2021 Instead there were Sarah, a rare Siberian tiger; Radscha, a Bengal tiger; Sabu, a black panther; and Sasha, an African leopard. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The $2,000 question," 30 Dec. 2020 Like a panther hiding in the brush and stalking its prey, Ramsay lurks on TikTok and waits for the perfect opportunity to strike. Washington Post, "What it’s like to have your cooking skills roasted by Gordon Ramsay on TikTok," 29 Dec. 2020 Move over, black panther—there’s a white cougar in the limelight. Christine Dell'amore, Animals, "Extremely rare white cougar highlights a quirk of the species," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Mar 2021

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“Panther.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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

1 : leopard
2 : cougar
3 : jaguar

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