Definition of leopard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛpəd/


1A large solitary cat that has a fawn or brown coat with black spots, native to the forests of Africa and southern Asia. Also called panther.
Example sentences
  • The list of the critically endangered include the black rhino and Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard of Asia.
  • But a new survey suggests that the country may now be home to wild leopards, pumas, and other big cats.
  • I have been filming for 14 years now, working with hyenas, leopards, and jackals.
1.1 Heraldry The leopard as a heraldic device.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2 Heraldry A lion passant guardant as in the arms of England.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.3 [as modifier] Spotted like a leopard: a leopard-print outfit
More example sentences
  • Would those conservatively-dressed women have dared to step out in leopard print shoes had their mentor not worn them?
  • 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.
  • They were pretty surprised, partly because they were leopard print but mostly because I'd been wearing them for three days.


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
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  • 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).

  • Two Greek words combine in the root of leopard: leōn, the source of lion, and pardos, the source of pard, an old word for a leopard ( see further at panther). The saying the leopard does not change his spots is inspired by the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible: ‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?’ See also camel, giraffe

Words that rhyme with leopard


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