the lion in winter definition, the lion in winter meaning | English dictionary




1    a large gregarious predatory feline mammal, Panthera leo, of open country in parts of Africa and India, having a tawny yellow coat and, in the male, a shaggy mane  
   Related adj       leonine  
2    a conventionalized lion, the principal beast used as an emblem in heraldry. It has become the national emblem of Great Britain  
3    a courageous, strong, or bellicose person  
4    a celebrity or idol who attracts much publicity and a large following  
5    beard the lion in his den   to approach a feared or influential person, esp. in order to ask a favour  
6    the lion's share   the largest portion  
     (Old English lio, leo (Middle English lioun, from Anglo-Frenchliun), both from Latin leo, Greek leon)  

Coeur de Lion     (French)  
      n   Lion Heart: an epithet applied to Richard I (of England)  
Henry the Lion  
      n   ?1129--95, duke of Saxony (1142--81). His ambitions led to conflict with the Holy Roman Emperors, notably Frederick Barbarossa  
      n   the. the constellation Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac  
      adj   very brave; courageous  
  lion-heartedly      adv  
  lionheartedness      n  
mountain lion  
      n      another name for       puma  
Nemean lion  
      n     (Greek myth)   an enormous lion that was strangled by Hercules as his first labour  
sea lion  
      n   any of various large eared seals, such as Zalophus californianus (Californian sea lion), of the N Pacific, often used as a performing animal  
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à l'ongle on connaît le lion
chien affamé ne craint pas le lion
choisis plutôt la queue du lion que la tête du renard
chien en vie vaut mieux que lion mort
à la mi_août, l'hiver se noue
automne en fleurs, hiver plein de rigueur
au mardi gras, l'hiver s'en va
à la chandeleur, l'hiver s'en va ou prend vigueur
à la Sainte_Catherine, l'hiver s'aberline; à la Saint_André, il est aberliné
à la saint_martin, l'hiver est en chemin, manchons aux bras et gants aux mains
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