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See also: leon, Leon, león, leòn, and Léon


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From Spanish León, from Latin legiō (legion), named for the Legio VII Gemina, which settled there. Doublet of legion via Old French.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Alternative form of Leon in reference to various places in Spain and Latin America.


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  • IPA(key): /leˈon/ [leˈõn]
  • Rhymes: -on
  • Syllabification: Le‧ón

Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited from Latin legiōnem. The places in Spain are named after the Roman legion that settled them, the Legio VII Gemina. Doublet of legión, which was a learned borrowing.

Proper noun[edit]

León m

  1. León (a province of Castile and León, Spain; capital: León)
  2. León (a city in Castile and León, Spain)
  3. León (a department of Nicaragua)
  4. A city in Mexico
  5. a habitational surname
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin Leone, ablative of Leo, from Ancient Greek λέων (léōn).

Proper noun[edit]

León m

  1. a male given name, equivalent to English Leon
  2. a surname originating as a patronymic