There are 2 main definitions of leonine in English:

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leonine 1

Pronunciation: /ˈlēəˌnīn/

adjective

Of or resembling a lion or lions: a handsome, leonine profile
More example sentences
  • 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?

Origin

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

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There are 2 main definitions of leonine in English:

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Leonine 2

Pronunciation: /ˈlēəˌnīn/

adjective

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

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