Lionize

lionize

v.

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

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