- 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
Related Words for lionlikerenowned, preeminent, outstanding, famed, illustrious, distinguished, well-known, noted, prominent, big-name, esteemed, VIP, august, celebrated, conspicuous, dominant, elevated, exalted, grand, great
Examples from the Web for lionlike
Historical Examples of lionlike
In vain the Chief Justice rose, his lionlike face livid with anger, pounded for order, and commanded the galleries to be cleared.The Clansman
The foxy or feline element was small in a nature, into which so much magnanimity, supposed to be lionlike, entered.Homes of American Statesmen
A magnificent fellow he is too, with his bushy orange fur and lionlike head.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
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)