Lions

[ lahy-uh nz ]
/ ˈlaɪ ənz /

noun

Gulf of, a wide bay of the Mediterranean off the coast of S France.

Definition for lions (2 of 2)

lion

[ lahy-uh n ]
/ ˈlaɪ ən /

noun

Origin of lion

before 900; Middle English < Old French, variant of leon < Latin leōn- (stem of leō) < Greek léōn; replacing Middle English, Old English lēo < Latin, as above

Related forms

li·on·esque, adjectiveli·on·like, li·on·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lions (1 of 3)

Lions

/ (ˈlaɪənz) /

noun

Gulf of Lions a wide bay of the Mediterranean off the S coast of France, between the Spanish border and ToulonFrench name: Golfe du Lion (ɡɔlf dy ljɔ̃)

British Dictionary definitions for lions (2 of 3)

Lion

/ (ˈlaɪən) /

noun

the Lion the constellation Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac

British Dictionary definitions for lions (3 of 3)

lion

/ (ˈlaɪən) /

noun

a large gregarious predatory feline mammal, Panthera leo, of open country in parts of Africa and India, having a tawny yellow coat and, in the male, a shaggy maneRelated adjective: leonine
a conventionalized lion, the principal beast used as an emblem in heraldry. It has become the national emblem of Great Britain
a courageous, strong, or bellicose person
a celebrity or idol who attracts much publicity and a large following
beard the lion in his den to approach a feared or influential person, esp in order to ask a favour
the lion's share the largest portion

Word Origin for lion

Old English līo, lēo (Middle English lioun, from Anglo-French liun), both from Latin leo, Greek leōn
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Idioms and Phrases with lions

lion


In addition to the idiom beginning with lion

, also see

  • beard the lion
  • throw to the wolves (lions)

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