noun, plural Le·o·nids, Le·on·i·des [lee-on-i-deez] /liˈɒn ɪˌdiz/. Astronomy.

any of a shower of meteors occurring around November 15 and appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo.

Origin of Leonid

1875–80; < New Latin Leonidēs, equivalent to Latin Leōn- (stem of Leō) Leo + -idēs -id1
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  • Leonid Plekhanov stared at his second in command, wet his thick lips.


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  • "Leonid Plekhanov is no longer with us," Chessman said dourly.


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  • And there was even Leonid Shvernik and some of the others of the underground.


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  • Leonid Andreyev is the youngest and at the present time the most powerful dramatist of Russia.

  • Preparations are already making for a more complete observation of the Leonid meteoric shower expected in 1899.

British Dictionary definitions for leonid


noun plural Leonids or Leonides (lɪˈɒnɪˌdiːz)

any member of a meteor shower that is usually insignificant, but more spectacular every 33 years, and occurs annually in mid-November, appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo

Word Origin for Leonid

C19: from New Latin Leōnidēs, from leō lion
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