noun, plural pan·thers, (especially collectively) pan·ther.

the cougar or puma, Felis concolor.
the leopard, Panthera pardus.
any leopard in the black color phase.
Informal. a very fierce person.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 43-ton (39 metric tons) German tank of World War II with a 75mm gun as its main armament.


fierce; strong and violent.

Nearby words

  1. pantheism,
  2. pantheist,
  3. pantheistic,
  4. pantheon,
  5. pantheonize,
  6. panther fungus,
  7. panthera,
  8. panthéon,
  9. pantie,
  10. panties

Origin of panther

before 1000; < Latin panthēra < Greek pánthēr; replacing Middle English pantere (< Old French < Latin) and Old English pandher (< L)




Origin of Panther

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for panther


noun plural -thers or -ther

another name for the leopard, esp the black variety, which is known as the black panther
US and Canadian any of various related animals, esp the puma

Word Origin for panther

C14: from Old French pantère, from Latin panthēra, from Greek panthēr; perhaps related to Sanskrit pundarīka tiger

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Word Origin and History for panther



early 13c., from Old French pantere "panther" (12c.), from Latin panthera, from Greek panther "panther, leopard," probably of Oriental origin. Folk etymology derivation from Greek pan- "all" + ther "beast" led to many curious fables.

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