- 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 lionization
Then came the news of Speke's return and lionization in London.The Life of Sir Richard Burton
The renowned Tupper is undergoing the process of lionization.
A Bayard in society—a Raphael at the easel, he bore a distinguished part in the lionization of the day.Alone
Paris made a great fuss over him, but he took his lionization very calmly.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912
- (tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity
Word Origin and History for 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.