Definition of Leonine in English:

Leonine

adjective

  • 1Relating to one of the popes named Leo, especially Leo IV and the part of Rome that he fortified.

    • ‘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 meter with internal rhyme.

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

plural noun

Prosody
  • Leonine verse.

Origin

Late Middle English: from the name Leo, from Latin leo lion Leonine may be from the name of a medieval poet, but his identity is not known.

Pronunciation:

Leonine

/ˈlēəˌnīn/

Definition of leonine in English:

leonine

adjective

  • Of or resembling a lion or lions.

    ‘a handsome, leonine profile’
    • ‘The other boss is bearded, or leonine, with a protruding tongue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like the Sphinx of antiquity, I left him standing there staring at my mysterious, leonine face.’
    • ‘Cian lounged casually in the plush dark green chair, his leonine eyes rarely leaving the silent girl that sat opposite him.’
    • ‘In this strange attire he performs a stunning solo full of autumnal pride, leonine prowling and swan-like grace.’
    • ‘Though no one would mistake that for a human face, it was actually imposing in a leonine way.’
    • ‘Yet one disruptive crew-member was met at the dock by a wife of leonine stature and all his bravado shrank.’
    • ‘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 patient has also found himself returning to Al Green and the leonine roar of Buju Banton.’
    • ‘As the leonine family rejoiced in their reunion, Reid looked down at the drawings on the floor.’
    • ‘His leonine beard and the red shirt became symbols of valour, integrity, and independence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Robert Graves, leonine, ascended grandly and delivered hilarious impromptu remarks before declaiming a poem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does that mean he's supposed to be more edgy than his smiling, soft leonine friend?’
    • ‘His drawings of mature male warrior types of leonine or dragon-like ferocity are a wonderful case in point.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had high cheek bones and a leonine head; a well-shaped noble sort of head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The home team are known as the Lions, but as the first half died, there had been nothing leonine about their performance.’
    catlike, leonine
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

leonine

/ˈlēəˌnīn/