from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who pursues the lion as a beast of the chase.
  • noun A person given to the pursuit or lionizing of notabilities. See lion, 6.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun someone who tries to attract social lions as guests.
  • noun someone who hunts lions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who hunts lions
  • noun someone who tries to attract social lions as guests


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  • Unfortunately, in a primary sense ‘lion-hunter’ was a compliment, and Soames doubted whether its secondary sense had ever been ‘laid down’ as libellous.

    The Silver Spoon

  • (But then Gregor had the physique of a lion-hunter, and could permit himself the luxury of debauch.)


  • Hamza at sixty is still the city's most renowned fighter and lion-hunter.

    The Satanic Verses

  • They were a body trained in the school of a terrible experience of twenty-four years; they had learned, like the lion-hunter, Gerard, to take death by the mane, and look into his fiery eyes without blenching; they were fit for this service, which demanded the best nerve of the two most powerful nations of the world.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • A woman lion-hunter entertained a dinner party of distinguished authors.

    Jokes For All Occasions Selected and Edited by One of America's Foremost Public Speakers

  • Professor Kraill read Marcella's letter and thought she was probably a rather emotional, rather intense and rather original lion-hunter.


  • 'By the way, are _you_ a lion-hunter?' asked Susie flippantly.

    The Magician

  • His exploits as a lion-hunter were well known, and it was reported that human blood was on his hands.

    The Magician

  • "And he takes his vermouth at Tortoni's with Lagrene, Scholl and Pertuiset, the lion-hunter," added Moncharmin.

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • A shot wounded him slightly and, Mr. Tarlton, Roosevelt's companion, an experienced lion-hunter, told him that the lion was sure to charge.

    Theodore Roosevelt


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  • 1. someone who tries to attract social lions as guests. --GNU Webster's 1913

    April 25, 2011

  • You'll never catch me, Professor.

    April 25, 2011