Meaning of “lion” in the English Dictionary

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"lion" in British English

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lionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlaɪ.ən/ us /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 lions

someone who is important, successful, or powerful:

a literary lion

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  • The lion loped across the grass.
  • The lion is a member of the cat family.
  • The girl stood gazing in pity at the old lion in the cage.
  • He wrestled the lion to the ground with his bare hands.
  • The lion slowly reared its head and looked around.

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

"lion" in American English

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lionnoun [ C ]

us /ˈlɑɪ·ən/ female lioness, /ˈlɑɪ·ə·nəs/

a large, strong animal of the cat family from Africa and Asia which has yellow-brown fur, the male having a large mane (= long neck fur)

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

"lion" in Business English

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uk /laɪən/ us
the lion's share

the largest part of something:

get/take/receive the lion's share The company gets the lion's share of its profits from personal computer sales.

(Definition of “lion” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)