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English definition of “lion”


noun [C]     /ˈlaɪ.ən/
A2 (female lioness) a large wild animal of the cat family with yellowish-brown fur that lives in Africa and southern Asia: a pride (= group) of lionsFelines (cats) someone who is important, successful, or powerful: a literary lionSuccessful (things or people)
(Definition of lion noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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