Definition of leopard in English:



  • 1A large solitary cat that has a fawn or brown coat with black spots, native to the forests of Africa and southern Asia.

    Panthera pardus, family Felidae. See also black panther

    Also called panther
    • ‘It is also a refuge for elephants, buffaloes, zebras, cheetahs, leopards, lions, waterbucks and impalas and it contains the only protected indigenous forest remaining in the area.’
    • ‘Their principal enemy is the leopard, but even leopards will avoid an encounter with the larger, adult males who are courageous and vicious adversaries.’
    • ‘The result was the adoption of husbandry practices that allowed populations of elephants, zebras, giraffes, and antelope to flourish, serving as food to leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs.’
    • ‘Land mammals whose bones were excavated at Ogoloma include goats, cows, royal antelope, leopards, dogs, elephants, cats, and waterbuck.’
    • ‘But a new survey suggests that the country may now be home to wild leopards, pumas, and other big cats.’
    • ‘Lions and other large predators like hyenas and leopards are killed by livestock owners who have no patience for the carnivores' appetite for cows, sheep, and goats.’
    • ‘The region is rich in biodiversity and also home to about 50 tigers, hundreds of wild Indian elephants, Indian bison, leopards, and many types of birds.’
    • ‘Long-term studies of solitary cats such as tigers, pumas, leopards, cheetahs and lynx have shown that male cubs usually leave the area where they were born and wander in search of a territory.’
    • ‘The list of the critically endangered include the black rhino and Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard of Asia.’
    • ‘Of all the big cats, the leopard is the most resourceful.’
    • ‘In size and marking it looks very much like a leopard, although the jaguar is the much heavier animal, weighing up to 34 kg.’
    • ‘The British Big Cats Society says its 15-month survey indicates there is little doubt that big cats such as leopards, lynxes and pumas are roaming Britain.’
    • ‘I will do this with the passion of a wild animal, such as the leopard or cheetah, or perhaps the polar bear.’
    • ‘The dogs, Anatolian shepherds, live with the livestock on the range and protect them from cheetahs and leopards.’
    • ‘For instance, by choosing to hunt at a different place or time, coyotes avoid wolves, cheetahs avoid lions, and leopards avoid tigers.’
    • ‘In addition to man, kudus are preyed upon by lions, leopards, and wild dogs.’
    • ‘For example, all cats - lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards and housecats - belong to the family Felidae; all dogs belong to Canidae.’
    • ‘The flood plains of the Brahmaputra are a refuge for tigers, leopards, sloth bears, elephants and 75% of the world's population of great Indian one-horned rhinos.’
    • ‘I have been filming for 14 years now, working with hyenas, leopards, and jackals.’
    • ‘The easiest solution is to kill hyenas, jackals and leopards with poisoned carcasses.’
    1. 1.1Heraldry The leopard as a heraldic device.
      • ‘They can now add leopards leaping after the Deputy Mayor of Gosford City; Councillor Craig Doyle presented the ship with the council's flag, which depicts, in Heraldic terms, a pair of leopards rampant.’
    2. 1.2Heraldry A lion passant guardant as in the arms of England.
      • ‘After spending some time at Hertford, Johnny began to think there was not a more beautiful sight in the world than the quartered shield containing two panels of the red and gold leopards of England and two of the blue and gold lilies of France.’
    3. 1.3as modifier Spotted like a leopard.
      ‘a leopard-print outfit’
      • ‘Dad, completely outraged, took pictures of Nick and I when were fourteen and twelve posing with leopard speedo bathing suits and taped them all over the house.’
      • ‘They were pretty surprised, partly because they were leopard print but mostly because I'd been wearing them for three days.’
      • ‘I mean, the two of them were wearing leopard print camisoles with matching panties!’
      • ‘And knowing him, he probably wears silk boxers with leopard print.’
      • ‘Although zebra and leopard prints are not as popular as they were a few years ago, the animal theme is back in a different guise.’
      • ‘Sassy barmaid Bet Lynch made a glitzy return to Coronation Street yesterday, dressed head to toe in leopard print.’
      • ‘Decked in leopard print pants, he fixes his gaze on the back of the audience and proclaims he ‘wants a way out’.’
      • ‘But if I ever came across that catalogue again, and discovered that they were still selling leopard print kaftans, I'd be very happy indeed.’
      • ‘Acceptable clothing, however, does not include ornately woven sandals, leopard patterns of any sort, and obscene souvenir T-shirts from vacations past.’
      • ‘Then for her father she got a black day planner and some organizational stickers, and for Emily she got a planer that was covered in leopard print that said ‘cool’ in the middle of it.’
      • ‘More famed for her fashion sense, which has included leopard print shoes, leather basques and all in one rubber bodysuits, than her policies, Theresa may benefit from being the only women in the leadership race.’
      • ‘As he spoke, he was loading domestic beer and imported wine into his new SUV with silhouettes of skiers on the outside and fake leopard seat covers inside.’
      • ‘True, he'd stolen the high priest's leopard robe.’
      • ‘It's painted matte black and has some artful pinstriping and faux leopard upholstery.’
      • ‘Some came in sweaters and leather jackets; others in their Sunday-best suits and leopard print shawls.’
      • ‘Would those conservatively-dressed women have dared to step out in leopard print shoes had their mentor not worn them?’
      • ‘And her choice of leopard print is objectionable on every possible count of taste.’
      • ‘For six lucky readers, we have two each of pink, denim and leopard beanbags.’
      • ‘The bed was covered in bedding with leopard print.’
      • ‘Luckily, I can sit behind the drum kit in regular shorts or short pants, but the guys in front dress up in spandex and leather and leopard print.’


  • a leopard can't change his spots

    • proverb People can't change their basic nature.

      ‘they saw him as an opportunist who was capable of changing his spots at any moment’
      • ‘There are, of course, going to be a number of people who are going to say that if we was really serious, he would has said all this months ago, a leopard can't change his spots, etc.’


Middle English: via Old French from late Latin leopardus, from late Greek leopardos, from leōn ‘lion’ + pardos (see pard).