- 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 lions
Somehow this guy survives, alternately running into the nearby water and charging at the lions.Cumberbatch Impressions, Dad Sings ‘Blackbird’ to Dying Son, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This video, shot in Zambia, shows a young elephant being attacked by a pride of 14 lions.
It took heated irons to move the lions away from Massarti in the cage.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus|Marina Watts|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So to recap: You know those two lions that were frisky enough to have lion sex and give birth to lions?
They claimed they had to kill the four lions this week to make way for…one lion.
From the dark depths of mystic crypts came groanings, like the roaring of lions penned beside the caves of martyrs.The Battle Of The Strong, Complete|Gilbert Parker
This monument is a most worthy artistic effort, and shows two lions lying at the foot of a full-length figure of the churchman.The Cathedrals of Southern France|Francis Miltoun
Just imagine yourself in the presence of a troop of lions on the plain, or a school of sharks in the open ocean!Five Weeks in a Balloon|Jules Verne
Again I had betrayed irritation; again the lions saw it, 281 understood it, and remembered.The Maids of Paradise|Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
While they were quarrelling over it he passed by them and came near to the two lions, to which he did the same.Moorish Literature|Anonymous
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)