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  1. a paper money, cupronickel or silver coin, and monetary unit of Sierra Leone, equal to 100 cents.

Origin of leone

1960–65;(Sierra) Leone


  1. Gio·van·ni [jaw-vahn-nee] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni/, 1908–2001, Italian political leader: prime minister 1963, 1968; president 1971–78.
  2. Monte, Monte Leone.
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Examples from the Web for leone

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  • Leone was waiting in the carriage to drive to the ferry across the Adige.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • The man known as Leoncino was believed to be a son of the famous Leone, and boasted of it.


    F. Marion Crawford

  • Leone, who had stopped singing, laid down his spoon and watched her.

    A Lady of Rome

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Leone flushed with pleasure, a healthy red that was good to see.

    A Lady of Rome

    F. Marion Crawford

  • But at the same time she felt a vague fear that he was going to speak of Leone.

    A Lady of Rome

    F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for leone


  1. the standard monetary unit of Sierra Leone, divided into 100 cents

Word Origin

C20: from Sierra Leone
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