What does panther mean?

Definitions for panther
ˈpæn θərpan·ther

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word panther.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jaguar, panther, Panthera onca, Felis oncanoun

    a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis

  2. panthernoun

    a leopard in the black color phase

  3. cougar, puma, catamount, mountain lion, painter, panther, Felis concolornoun

    large American feline resembling a lion


  1. panthernoun

    Any of various big cats with black fur; most especially, the black-coated leopard of India.

  2. panthernoun

    Any big cat of the genus Panthera.

  3. panthernoun

    A cougar; especially the Florida panther.

  4. Panthernoun

    A member of any of the Black Panther Party, White Panther Party or Gray Panthers

  5. Etymology: From pantere (modern panthère), from panthera, from πάνθηρ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Panthernoun

    A spotted wild beast; a lynx; a pard.

    Etymology: πανϑὴϱ, panthera, Lat. panthere, Fr.

    An it please your majesty,
    To hunt the panther and the hart with me,
    With horn and hound. William Shakespeare.

    Pan, or the universal, is painted with a goat’s face, about his shoulders a panther’s skin. Henry Peacham.

    The panther ’s speckled hide,
    Flow’d o’er his armour with an easy pride. Alexander Pope.


  1. panther

    A panther is a large, powerful carnivorous animal belonging to the big cat family, usually with a black or dark-colored coat. The term is not a species itself but generally refers to any black variant of leopards, jaguars, and sometimes cougars. Panthers are known for their agility and strength, as well as their ability to adapt to various types of environments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Panthernoun

    a large dark-colored variety of the leopard, by some zoologists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the color of the body

  2. Panthernoun

    in America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar

  3. Etymology: [OE. pantere, F. panthre, L. panthera, Gr. pa`nqhr, prob. fr. Skr. pundrka a tiger.]


  1. Panther

    Panther is a 1995 film directed by Mario Van Peebles, from a screenplay adapted by his father, Melvin Van Peebles which was based on his book of the same name. The film is a an unapologetically sympathetic portrayal of the story of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, tracing the organization from its founding through its demise in a compressed timeframe. Creative license is taken at some turns to amplify or dial down the significance of selected events, but the general trajectory of the Party and its experiences is still told factually, and the disclaimer placed at the beginning of the film lays claim only to its contents being "based on a true story". The film is cinematically notable for Marcus Chong's near-mirror image resemblance to the actual Huey P. Newton in the film, as well as for what in the 2000s era might be considered an all-star black U.S. actors' roster, sporting names like Angela Bassett, Chris Tucker, Bobby Brown and even Chris Rock in a rarely-glimpsed 'before they were famous' capacity. Angela Bassett in particular had already played her Betty Shabazz role a few years earlier in the Spike Lee film Malcolm X. Panther is also notable for being very difficult to locate and buy on DVD or even VHS tape, although both versions do exist and are available via sufficient searching on the web on Amazon.com or eBay. Most of the results of such searches, however, are of Australian or other non-U.S. formats, rather than United States ones.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Panther

    pan′thėr, n. a fierce, spotted, carnivorous quadruped of Asia and Africa:—fem. Pan′theress. [Fr. panthère—L.,—Gr. panthēr.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Panther is ranked #20434 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Panther surname appeared 1,300 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Panther.

    69% or 898 total occurrences were White.
    12% or 156 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    8.6% or 113 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.3% or 56 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 36 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of panther in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of panther in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of panther in a Sentence

  1. Debbie Allen:

    Videos have been sent to me from little babies dancing, people who are serious dancers, people who just want to move, and, you know, guys who have bodies that looked like they are the next Thor or Black Panther.

  2. Hashim Nzinga:

    The New Black Panther Party is not instructing anyone in any way, shape, form, or fashion, to bring weapons to Cleveland, any person (outside of NBPP) who exercises that 'right', only does so as a personal choice, not by the instructions of the NBPP National Chairman, any of our National staff, or membership.

  3. Le Corre:

    How would you train a panther to be fit? not on a treadmill.

  4. Rhea Combs:

    We are an institution that is committed to telling the story through the African American lens, what embodies the African American lens better than a film like' Black Panther' ?

  5. Jim Urry:

    We’re combining renowned Disney entertainment, expertly developed programming and imaginative storytelling to put kids in the center of their own adventures right alongside some of Disney’s most beloved characters, like Mickey Mouse, Chewbacca, Black Panther, Rapunzel, Belle, Anna and Elsa, and more.

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