- to treat (a person) as a celebrity: to lionize the visiting poet.
- British. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place).
- to pursue celebrities or seek their company.
- British. to visit the objects of interest of a place.
Origin of lionize
Examples from the Web for lionize
Conservatives may lionize Edward Snowden now, says Michael Tomasky, but ultimately his actions are going to tear apart the GOP.Snowden and the Right
June 10, 2013
I should like particularly to have you to lionize us there; and I don't fancy your running into danger.'The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
The worst of Gordon was that he made it next to impossible for one to lionize him.Van Bibber and Others
Richard Harding Davis
They're going to lionize him while he's here, so we'd better move him on.Rung Ho!
The free-handed miners of that town wanted nothing better than somebody or something to lionize.The Ifs of History
Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
I want you to lionize an old friend of mine, who has the ambition to 'do' Connemara under your guidance.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- (tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity
Word Origin and History for lionize
"to treat (someone) as a celebrity," a hybrid from lion + -ize. Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of "person of note who is much sought-after" (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized; lionizing.