Definition of sea lion in US English:

sea lion

noun

  • 1An eared seal occurring mainly on Pacific coasts, the large male of which has a mane on the neck and shoulders.

    Five genera and species in the family Otariidae

    • ‘Along with The Sierra Club, it is lobbying to have the fish farms moved inland, away from sea lion temptation.’
    • ‘And what we're saying is, this is one of the largest sea lion colonies in the world, it's home to probably the largest number of ospreys that's been recorded in South Australia.’
    • ‘The agency decided to keep two-thirds of sea lion critical habitat closed to fishing, and the judge lifted his injunction.’
    • ‘Park officials contend that off-leash dogs roam onto sensitive dunes, dig up plants, chase birds and rabbits, and harass sea lions.’
    • ‘A sea lion lets out a single long deep-throated bellow that eerily pierces the air like an elephant's roar.’
    • ‘In the background he could hear the famous sea lions with their hoarse barking.’
    • ‘‘I got to pat a kangaroo and feed a sea lion,’ Joaquin mused.’
    • ‘A family of sea lions bellowed their conversation somewhere down the coastline, adding a deep, rich sound to the serene atmosphere.’
    • ‘The Steller sea lion is an animal that's survived natural cycles in North Pacific waters for 3 million years.’
    • ‘Perhaps we can suggest to them that a sea lion would be a better mascot?’
  • 2Heraldry
    A mythical beast formed of a lion's head and foreparts and a fish's tail.

    • ‘Badge: A sea-lion sejant Azure goutty d'eau finned Argent breathing fire proper ducally crowned and resting the dexter foot upon a tower Or.’

Pronunciation

sea lion

/ˈsē ˌlīən//ˈsi ˌlaɪən/