lion: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lī'un), [key]
— n.
  1. a large, usually tawny-yellow cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa and southern Asia, having a tufted tail and, in the male, a large mane.
  2. any of various related large wildcats, as the cougar.
  3. a man of great strength, courage, etc.
  4. a person of great importance, influence, charm, etc., who is much admired as a celebrity: a literary lion.
  5. the lion as the national emblem of Great Britain.
  6. (cap.)the constellation or sign of Leo.
  7. (cap.) a member of any one of the internationally affiliated service clubsfounded in 1917 and dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship, sound government, and community, national, and international welfare.
    1. a silver, Anglo-Gallic denier, issued during the reign of Henry III, bearing the figure of a lion.
    2. a gold coin of Scotland, issued c1400–1589, bearing the figure of a lion.
    3. any of various other coins bearing the figure of a lion.
    4. hardhead2.
  8. an object of interest or note.
  9. to confront or attack someone, esp. a powerful or feared person, in that person's own familiar surroundings.
  10. to tax the patience of or provoke a person, group, nation, or government, esp. that of Great Britain.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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