from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera leo) of Africa and northwest India, having a short tawny coat, a tufted tail, and, in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders.
- n. Any of several large wildcats related to or resembling the lion.
- n. A very brave person.
- n. A person regarded as fierce or savage.
- n. A noted person; a celebrity: a literary lion.
- n. See Leo.
- idiom lion's share The greatest or best part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A big cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa, India and formerly to much of Europe. The term may apply to the species as a whole, to individuals, or to male individuals. It also applies to related species like mountain lions.
- n. A stylized representation of a large cat, used on a coat of arms.
- n. A Chinese foo dog.
- n. An individual who shows strength and courage, attributes associated with the lion.
- n. A famous person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera leo, formerly Felis leo), found in Southern Asia and in most parts of Africa, distinct varieties occurring in the different countries. The adult male, in most varieties, has a thick mane of long shaggy hair that adds to his apparent size, which is less than that of the largest tigers. The length, however, is sometimes eleven feet to the base of the tail. The color is a tawny yellow or yellowish brown; the mane is darker, and the terminal tuft of the tail is black. In one variety, called the maneless lion, the male has only a slight mane.
- n. A sign and a constellation; Leo.
- n. An object of interest and curiosity, especially a person who is so regarded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A quadruped of the genus Felis, F. leo, the largest of all carnivorous animals, distinguished by its tawny or yellow color, a full flowing mane in the male, a tufted tail, and the disappearance of the feline markings in both sexes before they arrive at maturity.
- n. Figuratively, a lion-like person; a man possessing the courage, fierceness, etc., of a lion.
- n. [capitalized] In astronomy, a constellation and sign of the zodiac. See Leo, 1.
- n. In heraldry, a representation of a lion used as a bearing.
- n. A gold coin current in Scotland from the time of Robert III. to the reign of James VI.: so called from the lion on the obverse of the coin.
- n. A copper coin: same as hardhead, 2.
- n. An object of interest and curiosity; especially, a celebrated or conspicuous person who is much sought by society or by the public in general: as, to visit the lions of the place; such a one is the lion of the day.
- n. An imaginary danger, trumped up by cowardice or sloth.
- n. Any humble friend or follower who acts as a sycophant or foil to another.
- n. A silver and a gold coin of the Belgian provinces, struck in 1790. The value of the gold lion was about $6.50.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male
- n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo
- n. a celebrity who is lionized (much sought after)
- n. the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin leō, leōn-, from Greek leōn, of Semitic origin; see lbא in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lion, from Latin leō, (genitive: leōnis), from Ancient Greek λέων (leōn), likely a borrowing from a Semitic language; compare Proto-Semitic *labiʾ-. (Wiktionary)