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



BrE BrE//ˈlaɪən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪən//
Wild mammals
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  • a large powerful animal of the cat family, that hunts in groups and lives in parts of Africa and southern Asia. Lions have yellowish-brown fur and the male has a mane (= long thick hair round its neck). Young Masai men gather for traditional lion hunts. compare lioness see also mountain lion See related entries: Wild mammals
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French liun, from Latin leo, leon-, from Greek leōn, leont-.Idioms a difficult situation in which you have to face a person or people who are unfriendly or aggressive towards you
    the lion’s share (of something)
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    the largest or best part of something when it is divided
    to beard the lion in his den
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    to go to see an important or powerful person to tell them that you disagree with them, that you want something, etc.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lion