Definition of leopard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlepəd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlepərd//
Wild mammals
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  • a large animal of the cat family, that has yellowish-brown fur with black spots. Leopards live in Africa and southern Asia. compare leopardess See related entries: Wild mammals
  • Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from late Latin leopardus, from late Greek leopardos, from leōn ‘lion’ + pardos.Idioms
    a leopard cannot change its spots
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    (saying) people cannot change their character, especially if they have a bad character You didn’t really expect her to be on time, did you? A leopard can’t change its spots.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: leopard