Origin of leonine
Examples from the Web for leonine
The Frenchman's leonine countenance took on a hostile expression.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
But with beer to be gained by boldness, Ichabod was leonine in courage.Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield
David Christie Murray
In the leonine eyes looking into hers gleamed the light of admiration and approval.The Yellow Claw
But here Leonine interrupted her with desiring her to say her prayers.Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
You agree with me, I suspect, that she is—or was—leonine, terrific.
- of, characteristic of, or resembling a lion
- connected with one of the popes called Leo
- Leonine City a district of Rome on the right bank of the Tiber fortified by Pope Leo IV
- of or relating to certain prayers in the Mass prescribed by Pope Leo XIII
- Also called: Leonine verse
- a type of medieval hexameter or elegiac verse having internal rhyme
- a type of English verse with internal rhyme
Word Origin and History for leonine
"lion-like," late 14c., from Old French leonin or directly from Latin leoninus "belonging to or resembling a lion," from leo (genitive leonis) "lion." Weekley thinks that Leonine verse (1650s), rhymed in the middle as well as the end of the line, probably is from the name of some medieval poet, perhaps Leo, Canon of St. Victor, Paris, 12c.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion.