Definition of jaguar in English:



  • A large heavily built cat that has a yellowish-brown coat with black spots, found mainly in the dense forests of Central and South America.

    • ‘We had reached Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, home to jaguarundis, ocelots, margays, pumas, and jaguars.’
    • ‘The big cats you find outside Africa include tiger, jaguar, leopard, cougar and Iberian lynx.’
    • ‘Both leopards and jaguars have a similar brownish yellow base fur colour, which is distinctively marked with dark rosette markings.’
    • ‘In size and marking it looks very much like a leopard, although the jaguar is the much heavier animal, weighing up to 34 kg.’
    • ‘In the event that it decides to develop the area, there will be serious risks to the health and long-term survival of the region which is home to jaguars, pumas, tapirs and many more endangered species.’


Early 17th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yaguára.