- 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
Contemporary Examples of lion
Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.
There is a larger reason, beyond the airlines themselves, why Lion Air and 61 other Indonesian airlines are on this black list.
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.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of lion
Well, boy, I'd say that the lion had been chawed up considerable—by dogs.Way of the Lawless
It is a fool's plan to teach a man to be a cur in peace, and think that he will be a lion in war.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I want to make a cushion of my lion's skin, for the weight to rest upon.The Three Golden Apples
But pretty soon there was plenty of sound, for the lion was catching up.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
That one is the lion; and they hunt him with spears in the long grass.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with lion
, also see
- beard the lion
- throw to the wolves (lions)