People are now pleased not only to meet artists socially, but to lionise them as well.
I had only met her once before, but she took it into her head to lionise me.
They tried to lionise me in drawing rooms and make me talk for their entertainment.
Fashionable London was never able to 'lionise' Bohemian Borrow.
He goes very little into society and no one possibly could lionise him.
Further on they stumbled over a small boy from the charity school who wished to lionise them over the whole building.
I should feel very uncomfortable at the present time if I had, up till now, done nothing but lionise.
She was in London again in 1851, and was dismayed by the attempts to lionise her.
"to treat (someone) as a celebrity," a hybrid from lion + -ize. Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of "person of note who is much sought-after" (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized; lionizing.