lion: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (lī'un), [key]
- 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.
- any of various related large wildcats, as the cougar.
- a man of great strength, courage, etc.
- a person of great importance, influence, charm, etc., who is much admired as a celebrity: a literary lion.
- the lion as the national emblem of Great Britain.
- (cap.)the constellation or sign of Leo.
- (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.
- a silver, Anglo-Gallic denier, issued during the reign of Henry III, bearing the figure of a lion.
- a gold coin of Scotland, issued c1400–1589, bearing the figure of a lion.
- any of various other coins bearing the figure of a lion.
- an object of interest or note.
- to confront or attack someone, esp. a powerful or feared person, in that person's own familiar surroundings.
- to tax the patience of or provoke a person, group, nation, or government, esp. that of Great Britain.
- lion (Thesaurus)