Adjective "leonine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of or resembling a lion or lions.
  1. 'Like the Sphinx of antiquity, I left him standing there staring at my mysterious, leonine face.'
  2. 'His leonine beard and the red shirt became symbols of valour, integrity, and independence.'
  3. 'Cian lounged casually in the plush dark green chair, his leonine eyes rarely leaving the silent girl that sat opposite him.'
  4. 'The leonine David Leonard, the prince of dark villains, is celebrating his 15th year in the York Theatre Royal pantomime, fresh from a tour of playing the outrageously nice Richard in Alan Ayckbourn's Joking Apart.'
  5. 'The others followed more slowly, with Jack lingering for a last look at the leonine face so far below, until Micki prodded him in the back to speed him up.'
  6. 'Yet one disruptive crew-member was met at the dock by a wife of leonine stature and all his bravado shrank.'
  7. 'His drawings of mature male warrior types of leonine or dragon-like ferocity are a wonderful case in point.'
  8. 'As the leonine family rejoiced in their reunion, Reid looked down at the drawings on the floor.'
  9. 'The patient has also found himself returning to Al Green and the leonine roar of Buju Banton.'
  10. 'With his compact body and leonine looks, hair brushed back like a mane, Adam Hendrickson at 19 looks a little like the young Jean Babilee, and even dances with much of the intensity of the great French dancer.'


Relating to any of the popes named Leo, in particular denoting the part of Rome fortified by Leo IV (d.855).
  1. 'The Leonine revival featured not only the harnessing of Thomas' thought to confront modernism, but as a necessary preparation, the modern editing of his sizeable corpus.'
(of medieval Latin verse) in hexameter or elegiac metre with internal rhyme.

    plural noun

    Leonine verse.


      1. of or relating to the lion.

      2. resembling or suggestive of a lion.

      3. (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to Leo, especially Leo IV or Leo XIII.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "heads can be leonine."

      "manes can be leonine."

      "corps can be leonine."

      "yawns can be leonine."

      "words can be leonine."

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      Late Middle English: from the name Leo, from Latin leo ‘lion’. Leonine (sense 2 of the adjective) may be from the name of a medieval poet, but his identity is not known.