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Origin of lioness

1250–1300; Middle English liones, leonesse < Middle French lion(n)esse. See lion, -ess Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for lioness

cougar, wildcat, cat, puma, griffin, lioness, leo, simba

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British Dictionary definitions for lioness


  1. a female lion
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Word Origin and History for lioness

c.1300, leoness, from lion + -ess.

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