International Association of Lions Clubs
See under lion(def 7).
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Definition for international association of lions clubs (2 of 2)
[ lahy-uh n ]
/ ˈlaɪ ən /
a large, usually tawny-yellow cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa and southern Asia, having a tufted tail and, in the male, a large mane.
any of various related large wildcats, as the cougar.
a man of great strength, courage, etc.
a person of great importance, influence, charm, etc., who is much admired as a celebrity: a literary lion.
the lion as the national emblem of Great Britain.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Leo.
(initial capital letter) a member of any one of the internationally affiliated service clubs (International Association of Lions Clubs) founded in 1917 and dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship, sound government, and community, national, and international welfare.
- a silver, Anglo-Gallic denier, issued during the reign of Henry III, bearing the figure of a lion.
- a gold coin of Scotland, issued c1400–1589, bearing the figure of a lion.
- any of various other coins bearing the figure of a lion.
British. an object of interest or note.
Origin of lion
before 900; Middle English < Old French, variant of leon < Latin leōn- (stem of leō) < Greek léōn; replacing Middle English, Old English lēo < Latin, as above
Related formsli·on·esque, adjectiveli·on·like, li·on·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for international association of lions clubs (1 of 2)
/ (ˈlaɪən) /
the Lion the constellation Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac
British Dictionary definitions for international association of lions clubs (2 of 2)
/ (ˈlaɪən) /
a large gregarious predatory feline mammal, Panthera leo, of open country in parts of Africa and India, having a tawny yellow coat and, in the male, a shaggy maneRelated adjective: leonine
a conventionalized lion, the principal beast used as an emblem in heraldry. It has become the national emblem of Great Britain
a courageous, strong, or bellicose person
a celebrity or idol who attracts much publicity and a large following
beard the lion in his den to approach a feared or influential person, esp in order to ask a favour
the lion's share the largest portion
Word Origin for lion
Old English līo, lēo (Middle English lioun, from Anglo-French liun), both from Latin leo, Greek leōn
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Idioms and Phrases with international association of lions clubs
In addition to the idiom beginning with lion
, also see
- beard the lion
- throw to the wolves (lions)
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