[ lahy-uh n for 1; French lyawn for 2 ]
/ ˈlaɪ ən for 1; French lyɔ̃ for 2 /


Mary,1797–1849, U.S. pioneer in advocating and providing advanced education for women: founder of Mount Holyoke College.


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Definition for lyon (2 of 2)

[ ham-uh l-tuh n ]
/ ˈhæm əl tən /

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lyon (1 of 3)

/ (French ljɔ̃) /


a city in SE central France, capital of Rhône department, at the confluence of the Rivers Rhône and Saône: the third largest city in France; a major industrial centre and river port. Pop: 445 452 (1999)English name: Lyons (ˈlaɪənz) Ancient name: Lugdunum (lʊɡˈduːnəm)

British Dictionary definitions for lyon (2 of 3)

/ (ˈhæməltən) /


a port in central Canada, in S Ontario on Lake Ontario: iron and steel industry. Pop: 618 820 (2001)
a city in New Zealand, on central North Island. Pop: 129 300 (2004 est)
a town in S Scotland, in South Lanarkshire near Glasgow. Pop: 48 546 (2001)
the capital and chief port of Bermuda. Pop: 3461 (2000)
the former name of Churchill (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for lyon (3 of 3)

/ (ˈhæməltən) /


Alexander. ?1757–1804, American statesman. He was a leader of the Federalists and as first secretary of the Treasury (1789–95) established a federal bank
Lady Emma. ?1765–1815, mistress of Nelson
James, 1st Duke of Hamilton. 1606–49, Scottish supporter of Charles I in the English Civil War: defeated by Cromwell at the Battle of Preston and executed
Lewis (Carl) . born 1985, English racing driver; Formula One world champion (2008)
Richard. 1922–2011, British artist: a pioneer of the pop art style
Sir William Rowan. 1805–65, Irish mathematician: founded Hamiltonian mechanics and formulated the theory of quaternions
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Medical definitions for lyon (1 of 2)

[ līən ]
Mary Frances Born 1925

British geneticist whose research on mice led to her formulation of the Lyon hypothesis.

Medical definitions for lyon (2 of 2)

[ hăməl-tən ]
Alice 1869-1970

American toxicologist and physician known for her research on occupational poisons and her book Industrial Poisons in the United States (1925).
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Cultural definitions for lyon

[ (lee-ohnn) ]

Also Lyons; a city in east-central France on the Rhone River.

notes for Lyon

Lyon is the principal producer of silk and rayon in Europe.

notes for Lyon

It was the capital of the Free French Resistance movement in World War II.
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