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[lahy-uh n-hahr-tid] /ˈlaɪ ənˌhɑr tɪd/
exceptionally courageous or brave.
Origin of lionhearted
First recorded in 1700-10; lion + hearted
Related forms
lionheartedly, adverb
lionheartedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lion-hearted Greek is at rest, but the cause he lived and died for goes on forever!

    Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs
  • Don't you remember how as a little girl I always adored the lion-hearted king?

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • I believe the lion-hearted king could contrive to get into rages sometimes.

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • He was probably the finest-looking corpse since Richard the lion-hearted.

    And All the Earth a Grave Carroll M. Capps (AKA C.C. MacApp)
  • The curls that clustered on the fair brow of the daughter of the lion-hearted Maria Theresa in a night became grey.

    Here and There in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • But what sort do they say that Hercules was, my bold-minded, lion-hearted father?

  • Not many gaugers were so lion-hearted as this; but one, at least, was even more so.

    The Smugglers Charles G. Harper
  • And, as the rifle fell, so did lion-hearted Davy Crockett, to rise no more.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Richard the lion-hearted is in the prize-ring, and coming into considerable favor.

  • To pull it out was to the lion-hearted youth but the work of a moment.

British Dictionary definitions for lion-hearted


very brave; courageous
Derived Forms
lion-heartedly, adverb
lionheartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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