[lahy-uh nz for 1; lee-awn or, sometimes, lahy-uh nz for 2]
  1. Joseph Aloysius,1879–1939, Australian statesman: prime minister 1932–39.
  2. French Lyon. a city in and the capital of Rhone, in E France at the confluence of the Rhone and Saône rivers.


[lahy-uh n for 1; French lyawn for 2]
  1. Mary,1797–1849, U.S. pioneer in advocating and providing advanced education for women: founder of Mount Holyoke College.
  2. Lyons.


  1. a river flowing from the Alps in S Switzerland through the Lake of Geneva and SE France into the Mediterranean. 504 miles (810 km) long.
  2. a department in E central France: wine-growing region. 1104 sq. mi. (2860 sq. km). Capital: Lyons.
French Rhône [rohn] /roʊn/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • At Lyons, material was sometimes sold for as much as six hundred francs an ell.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • But Lyons is a pleasant city, where there is much to see and plenty to do.

  • Neither Lyons, Bordeaux, Nantes, can compare with it for sumptuosity.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The King was in a fury, and forebade the Nuncio to pass Lyons.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

  • Then that honest Pierre wanted to relate his love affair with a young lady of Lyons.

    The Flood

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for lyons


  1. Joseph Aloysius. 1879–1939, Australian statesman; prime minister of Australia (1931–39)


  1. 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)


  1. a river in W Europe, rising in S Switzerland in the Rhône glacier and flowing to Lake Geneva, then into France through gorges between the Alps and Jura and south to its delta on the Gulf of Lions: important esp for hydroelectricity and for wine production along its valley. Length: 812 km (505 miles)
  2. a department of E central France, in the Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Lyon. Pop: 1 621 718 (2003 est). Area: 3233 sq km (1261 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for lyons


city in France at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saône, from Gallo-Latin Lugudunum, literally "fort of Lug." The adjectival form is Lyonnaise.


river in southeastern France, from a pre-Indo-European element *rod- meaning "to flow."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lyons in Medicine


[līən]Mary Frances Born 1925
  1. British geneticist whose research on mice led to her formulation of the Lyon hypothesis.
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lyons in Culture



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


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


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