[ lahy-uh nz for 1; lee-awn or, sometimes, lahy-uh nz for 2 ]
/ ˈlaɪ ənz for 1; liˈɔ̃ or, sometimes, ˈlaɪ ənz for 2 /


Joseph Aloysius,1879–1939, Australian statesman: prime minister 1932–39.
French Lyon. a city in and the capital of Rhone, in E France at the confluence of the Rhone and Saône rivers.



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Definition for lyons (2 of 3)

[ 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.

Definition for lyons (3 of 3)

[ rohn ]
/ roʊn /


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.
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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lyons (1 of 3)

/ (ˈlaɪənz) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for lyons (2 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 lyons (3 of 3)

/ (rəʊn) /


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)
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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Medical definitions for lyons

[ līən ]
Mary Frances Born 1925

British geneticist whose research on mice led to her formulation of the Lyon hypothesis.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Cultural definitions for lyons

[ (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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