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From Old French leon, from Latin leōnem, accusative of leō.


  • IPA(key): /liːˈuːn/, /liːˈoːn/, /ˈliːɔn/, /leːˈuːn/, /ˈleːɔn/


lyoun (plural lyouns)

  1. lion (The felid Panthera leo)
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Apocalips 4:7”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      And the firſte beeſte lijk a lyoun; and the ſecounde beeſte lijk a calf; and the thridde beeſte hauynge a face as of a man; and the fourthe beeſte lijk an egle fleynge.
      And the first beast [was] like a lion; and the second beast [was] like a calf; and the third beast had a face like a person; and the fourth beast [was] like an eagle flying.
  2. (heraldry) A heraldic lion
  3. (astronomy) Leo (constellation)
  4. (astrology) Leo (zodiac)
  5. (figuratively) The lion as a symbol of pride or power.
  6. (figuratively) The lion as a symbol of ferocity or rapaciousness.