sea lion

  1. any of several large eared seals, as Eumetopias jubatus(Steller's sea lion ), of the northern Pacific Ocean, and Zalophus californicus(California sea lion ), of the Pacific coast of North America.

  2. Heraldry. a monster having the forepart of a lion, webbed forepaws, and the dorsal fin and tail of a fish.

Origin of sea lion

First recorded in 1595–1605

Words Nearby sea lion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sea lion in a sentence

  • The female sea-lion, near by, was almost as large as a six-year-old bull seal.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The hunters have left nothing to the Pribilofs except the fur seal and the sea-lion, and not many of those.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • "There goes the sea lion," said Peter who had been busy with something else and had caught no more than the rumble.

    The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
  • Here,” said he to the sea lion, “will you take your seat and déjeuner will be served to you.

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for sea lion

sea lion

  1. any of various large eared seals, such as Zalophus californianus (Californian sea lion), of the N Pacific, often used as a performing animal

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