- 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.
Origin of lion
Examples from the Web for lion
Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.
Two Indonesian airlines, Garuda and Lion Air, have seen Fernandes eat their lunch and are only now responding.
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.
The airplane was owned by an Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air.
The lion, unlikely though it seems, becomes a family friend, and the story closes with a moral: Care.
Wild were the plaudits of the multitude, but the lion was staggering and his roar was muffled.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
From the woods and the forests they came, and from the bare hillsides—the lion, the leopard and the trembling fawn.Children of the Dawn|Elsie Finnimore Buckley
She is a brave girl, and she loves the Lion (Leo); thou sawest how she clung to him, and saved his life.She|H. Rider Haggard
Merodach's column terminated in a lance head, and the head of a lion crowned that of Nergal.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria|Donald A. Mackenzie
As the lion bounded away through the assembled party, it appeared as if the ox was not a feather's weight to him.The Mission|Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for lion (1 of 2)
Word Origin for lion
British Dictionary definitions for lion (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for lion
late 12c., from Old French lion "lion," figuratively "hero," from Latin leonem (nominative leo) "lion; the constellation leo," from Greek leon (genitive leontos), from a non-Indo-European language, perhaps Semitic (cf. Hebrew labhi "lion," plural lebaim; Egyptian labai, lawai "lioness").
A general Germanic borrowing from Latin (cf. Old English leo, Anglian lea; Old Frisian lawa; Middle Dutch leuwe, Dutch leeuw; Old High German lewo, German Löwe); it is found in most European languages, often via Germanic (cf. Old Church Slavonic livu, Polish lew, Czech lev, Old Irish leon, Welsh llew). Used figuratively from c.1200 in an approving sense, "one who is fiercely brave," and a disapproving one, "tyrannical leader, greedy devourer." Lion's share "the greatest portion" is attested from 1701.
Idioms and Phrases with lion
In addition to the idiom beginning with lion
, also see
- beard the lion
- throw to the wolves (lions)