Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the falling stars of the meteor shower recurring annually in mid-November.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Each of a shower of meteorites which fall from the area of sky around the constellation Leo in November.
  • proper n. A male given name, a transliteration of a common Russian name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the shooting stars which constitute the star shower that recurs near the fourteenth of November at intervals of about thirty-three years; -- so called because these shooting stars appear on the heavens to move in lines directed from the constellation Leo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Leonides.

Etymologies

From Latin Leō, Leōn-, Leo; see Leo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin leo. (Wiktionary)
From Russian Леонид (Leonid), from Ancient Greek Λεωνίδας. Cognate with the English historical name Leonidas. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In November, there's something called the Leonid meteor showers, which are often even more spectacular.

    CNN Transcript Aug 11, 2004

  • "Many observers have emphasized that Putin's rule may extend longer than Brezhnev's, and almost as long as Stalin's," he wrote in a research report, referring to Leonid I.

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  • The slower deposit growth is "not a big deal" because the real interest rates Sberbank pays after factoring in inflation are still negative, and deposits are still at a "pretty comfortable" level compared with loans, UralSib Capital analyst Leonid Slipchenko said.

    Sberbank Profit Soars

  • He is one of several critically acclaimed writers, including novelist and political satirist Dmitry Bykov, at the forefront of the movement, along with anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalnyi, rock star Yury Shevchuk, former television presenter Leonid Parfyonov and some veteran leaders of opposition parties.

    Russian Literati Plot Activist Role

  • All this was Havel's way of saying that political extremism—whether of the Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Jong Il, Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden variety—would flourish if free people did not actively resist the temptation to acquiesce to it in the name of "peace," or some other go-along-to-get-along slogan.

    Tyranny and Indifference

  • For a variety of reasons—population size, resources, national motivation—it's unlikely anybody is going to touch Leonid Brezhnev.

    Checking the Strongman Scoreboard

  • At his worst he was in his later years a bit of a crank, obsessed by the danger of nuclear war and, in the pursuit of stability, willing to make concessions to the Soviet gerontocracy of Leonid Brezhnev.

    Uncontainable

  • An ailing Leonid Brezhnev sent troops to Kabul in December 1979.

    Russian military could be drawn back into Afghanistan

  • "He was supportive of the idea to promote the son and will be instrumental in securing his position," said Leonid Petrov, a Korean specialist at the University of Sydney in Australia.

    In North Korean Photos, a General Trend Emerges

  • A photo book helps establish a photographer's reputation, and among the reviewers was Leonid Gusev, who gave up active participation in his successful advertising agency in 2003 to found Treemedia, the only independent publisher in Russia devoted exclusively to photography books.

    Free Market Exposure

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