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[lahy-uh-nis] /ˈlaɪ ə nɪs/
a female lion.
Origin of lioness
1250-1300; Middle English liones, leonesse < Middle French lion(n)esse. See lion, -ess Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In 1903 it is said that the lioness and both Cubs played at the same time to a large party of tourists.

  • In his danger, she has the sagacity of the serpent, and the courage of the lioness.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • The head, large as that of a lioness, was distinguished by a rare expression of refinement.

    A Passion in the Desert Honore de Balzac
  • And now came the further question, how were we to beguile the lioness to return?

    A Tale of Three Lions H. Rider Haggard
  • The bull and lioness are emblematic of the masculine and feminine powers.

British Dictionary definitions for lioness


a female lion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lioness

c.1300, leoness, from lion + -ess.

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