lionize [lahy-uh-nahyz] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.

  1. to treat (a person) as a celebrity: to lionize the visiting poet.
  2. British. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place).

verb (used without object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.

  1. to pursue celebrities or seek their company.
  2. British. to visit the objects of interest of a place.

Also especially British, li·on·ise. Origin of lionize First recorded in 1800–10; lion + -ize Related formsli·on·i·za·tion, nounli·on·iz·er, nounun·li·on·ized, adjective Examples from the Web for lionise Historical Examples of lionise

  • They tried to lionise me in drawing rooms and make me talk for their entertainment.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • I had only met her once before, but she took it into her head to lionise me.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Oscar Wilde

  • He goes very little into society and no one possibly could lionise him.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

  • Fashionable London was never able to ‘lionise’ Bohemian Borrow.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • She was in London again in 1851, and was dismayed by the attempts to lionise her.

    The World’s Greatest Books, Vol IX.

    Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton

  • British Dictionary definitions for lionise lionize lionise verb

    1. (tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity

    Derived Formslionization or lionisation, nounlionizer or lioniser, noun Word Origin and History for lionise lionize v.

    “to treat (someone) as a celebrity,” a hybrid from lion + -ize. Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of “person of note who is much sought-after” (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized; lionizing.

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