Last modified on 14 September 2014, at 12:38

dragon

See also: drag on and dragón

EnglishEdit

Commons
Wikimedia Commons has related media at:

EtymologyEdit

From Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn, a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon), probably from δρακεῖν (drakeîn), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (dérkomai, I see clearly).

PronunciationEdit

Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

NounEdit

dragon (plural dragons)

  1. A legendary serpentine or reptilian creature.
    1. In Western mythology, a gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like body, often a monster with fiery breath.
      • c. 1900, Edith Nesbit, The Last of the Dragons:
        But as every well-brought-up prince was expected to kill a dragon, and rescue a princess, the dragons grew fewer and fewer till it was often quite hard for a princess to find a dragon to be rescued from.
    2. In Eastern mythology, a large, snake-like monster with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag and the claws of a tiger, usually beneficent.
      • 1913, Sax Rohmer, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, chapter XIII:
        These tapestries were magnificently figured with golden dragons; and as the serpentine bodies gleamed and shimmered in the increasing radiance, each dragon, I thought, intertwined its glittering coils more closely with those of another.
  2. (zoology) An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:
    1. (obsolete) A very large snake; a python.
    2. Any of various agamid lizards of the genera Draco, Physignathus or Pogona.
    3. A Komodo dragon.
  3. (astronomy, with definite article, often capitalized) The constellation Draco.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I, Scene 2:
      My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.
  4. (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
    She’s a bit of a dragon.
  5. (with definite article, often capitalized) The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.
    Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.
  6. (figuratively) Something very formidable or dangerous.
  7. A luminous exhalation from marshy ground, seeming to move through the air like a winged serpent.
  8. (military, historical) A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fairholt to this entry?)
  9. A variety of carrier pigeon.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

QuotationsEdit

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

SynonymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

See alsoEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: dra‧gon

Etymology 1Edit

From Arabic

NounEdit

dragon m (uncountable)

  1. The edible Mediterranean herb Artemisia dracunculus, used as a salad spice
  2. The plant Erysimum cheiranthoides
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

French (see below)

NounEdit

dragon m (plural dragons, diminutive dragonnetje n)

  1. A (French) dragoon
SynonymsEdit

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin draco

NounEdit

dragon m (plural dragons, feminine dragonne)

  1. A dragon, creature or person
  2. A dragoon

Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit

External linksEdit


JèrriaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

EB1911 - Volume 01 - Page 001 - 1.svg This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page as described here.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dragon m (plural dragons)

  1. dragon
  2. (nautical) flying jib

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

dragon

  1. A dragon.
    • 1382Wyclif's Bible, Daniel 14:26
      Therfor Daniel took pitch, and talow, and heeris, and sethide togidere; and he made gobetis, and yaf in to the mouth of the dragun; and the dragun was al to-brokun.
    • 1380-1399Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Parson's Tale
      For God seith thus by Moyses: they shul been wasted with hunger, and the briddes of helle shul devouren hem with bitter deeth, and the galle of the dragon shal been hire drynke, and the venym of the dragon hire morsels.

Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

dragon m (oblique plural dragons, nominative singular dragons, nominative plural dragon)

  1. dragon (mythical animal)

Old WelshEdit

NounEdit

dragon m

  1. commander, war leader

Related termsEdit


SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dragon c

  1. a dragoon (soldier of the mounted infantry)
  2. the perennial herb tarragon
  3. leaves of that plant, used as seasoning

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit