Main definitions of leonine in English

: leonine1Leonine2

leonine1

adjective

  • Of or resembling a lion or lions.

    ‘a handsome, leonine profile’
    • ‘Like the Sphinx of antiquity, I left him standing there staring at my mysterious, leonine face.’
    • ‘The other boss is bearded, or leonine, with a protruding tongue.’
    • ‘His leonine beard and the red shirt became symbols of valour, integrity, and independence.’
    • ‘The home team are known as the Lions, but as the first half died, there had been nothing leonine about their performance.’
    • ‘Cian lounged casually in the plush dark green chair, his leonine eyes rarely leaving the silent girl that sat opposite him.’
    • ‘Robert Graves, leonine, ascended grandly and delivered hilarious impromptu remarks before declaiming a poem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The highlights of the season have been few and far between, but the performance of young players stands out - the fitful and enthusiastic Parker, the promising Martin Maher and, most of all, the leonine Emmanuel Panther.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arthur grinned as he envisaged a leonine Uncle Louis growling at Alicia's suitor, then pouncing on him and chasing him out of the house.’
    • ‘Yet one disruptive crew-member was met at the dock by a wife of leonine stature and all his bravado shrank.’
    • ‘Though no one would mistake that for a human face, it was actually imposing in a leonine way.’
    • ‘His drawings of mature male warrior types of leonine or dragon-like ferocity are a wonderful case in point.’
    • ‘In this strange attire he performs a stunning solo full of autumnal pride, leonine prowling and swan-like grace.’
    • ‘As the leonine family rejoiced in their reunion, Reid looked down at the drawings on the floor.’
    • ‘Does that mean he's supposed to be more edgy than his smiling, soft leonine friend?’
    • ‘The patient has also found himself returning to Al Green and the leonine roar of Buju Banton.’
    • ‘He had high cheek bones and a leonine head; a well-shaped noble sort of head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both the horse and the hawk are unruly, the latter swirling its head around instead of waiting in obedient stillness, and the dogs have curiously rounded leonine heads.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin leoninus, from leo, leon- ‘lion’.

Pronunciation

leonine

/ˈliːənʌɪn/

Main definitions of leonine in English

: leonine1Leonine2

Leonine2

adjective

  • 1Relating to any of the popes named Leo, in particular denoting the part of Rome fortified by Leo IV (d.855).

    • ‘The Leonine revival of Thomism stressed the primacy of divine over natural law and gave the clerical reconquest of Christian civilization a philosophical rationale.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Prosody
    (of medieval Latin verse) in hexameter or elegiac metre with internal rhyme.

    1. 2.1 (of English verse) with internal rhyme.

plural noun

Leonines
Prosody
  • Leonine verse.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

Leonine

/ˈliːənʌɪn/