pan·ther | \ˈpan(t)-thər \
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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Located outside the north gate of the stadium, the statue depicts Richardson holding out a football in his left hand while flanked by two panthers, one on either side of him. Khadrice Rollins,, "New Panthers Owner David Tepper 'Contractually Obligated' to Keep Jerry Richardson Statue," 10 July 2018 Other standouts include La Double J’s architectural and frond-laden teacups and saucers, and Gucci’s tasseled throw pillow embroidered with a panther’s piercing gaze. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, " Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 Combs is especially excited to showcase the panther habit in the context of the coming African American Film Festival. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "King T’Challa’s Black Panther Suit, a Bold Statement of Afrofuturist Pride, Comes to the Smithsonian," 25 June 2018 The cabin's walls are the only structure protecting the mother and her two sons from the wild danger lurking outside, where poisonous snakes and panthers roam., "No, Lauren Groff Isn't Writing About Herself In Florida," 15 June 2018 By 2010, there had been more than 460 sightings of the panther in Hawkesbury — one of the smallest towns within the Blue Mountains — with former mayor Bart Bassett one of the many believers. Shireen Khalil, Fox News, "Mysterious catlike creature, five times size of feral cat, caught on film," 12 June 2018 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet (6 meters) long, have eliminated 99 percent of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Washington Post, "Florida marks milestone in Everglades python control program," 22 May 2018 The panther dances, dunks, and gets Pacer fans on their feet — he's even been called upon for a handful of NBA All-Star Games. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Do all funny, cute, famous cats come from Indiana? We think so.," 17 May 2018 The exhibit includes more than 20 different species, including the panther chameleon, naked mole rat, walking batfish, giant Pacific octopus and more. Brittany Nader,, "Akron Zoo brings new exotic animals to June Curious Creatures exhibit," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of panther

: a large, black wildcat


pan·ther | \ˈpan-thər \

Kids Definition of panther

1 : leopard

2 : cougar

3 : jaguar

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