Meaning of “tiger” in the English Dictionary

"tiger" in British English

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tigernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtaɪ.ɡər/ us /ˈtaɪ.ɡɚ/ female also tigress

tiger noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

B1 a large wild animal of the cat family with yellowish-orange fur with black lines that lives in parts of Asia

Examples

  • The video showed a man morphing into a tiger.
  • We saw several tigers in the wild.
  • The zoo has a large collection of tigers.

tiger noun [ C ] (PERSON)

used to refer to someone who is very determined and strong:

The meekest, most submissive wife of today is a tiger by her grandmother's standards.

Examples from literature

  • Although the patterns on the fur of tigers and leopards are very different, both serve the same purpose – to make it harder for their prey to see them. 
  • House cats are related to lions and tigers. 
  • Many different animals live here: elephants, tigers, and rhinoceroses. 
  • Neil has to clean the tiger enclosure. 
  • Some of the most famous animals in danger are tigers, rhinoceroses, and gorillas. 
  • Tigers are in danger, so the Indian government uses money to pay for big parks where tigers can live safely. 
  • Tigers live in the jungle. 
  • “A truck could break a big window and a tiger could get out,” explains Neil. 

(Definition of “tiger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tiger" in American English

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tigernoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɑɪ·ɡər/ female tigress, /ˈtɑɪ·ɡrɪs/

a large, wild cat that has yellow-orange fur with thick lines of black fur

(Definition of “tiger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)