Paris made a great fuss over him, but he took his lionization very calmly.
Then came the news of Speke's return and lionization in London.
A Bayard in society—a Raphael at the easel, he bore a distinguished part in the lionization of the day.
The renowned Tupper is undergoing the process of lionization.
"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.