- to treat (a person) as a celebrity: to lionize the visiting poet.
- British. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place).
- to pursue celebrities or seek their company.
- British. to visit the objects of interest of a place.
Origin of lionize
Examples from the Web for lionise
They tried to lionise me in drawing rooms and make me talk for their entertainment.The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
I had only met her once before, but she took it into her head to lionise me.The Picture of Dorian Gray
He goes very little into society and no one possibly could lionise him.Mrs. Balfame
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Fashionable London was never able to 'lionise' Bohemian Borrow.The Story of Seville
Walter M. Gallichan
She was in London again in 1851, and was dismayed by the attempts to lionise her.The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX.
Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
- (tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity
Word Origin and History for lionise
"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.