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dragoon

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noun dra·goon \drə-ˈgün, dra-\

Simple Definition of dragoon

  • : a soldier especially in the past who rode a horse and carried a gun

Full Definition of dragoon

  1. 1 :  a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed mounted troops

  2. 2 :  cavalryman

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Origin of dragoon

French dragon dragon, dragoon, from Middle French


First Known Use: 1604


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dragoon

verb dra·goon

Definition of dragoon

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to subjugate or persecute by harsh use of troops

  3. 2 :  to force into submission or compliance especially by violent measures



Examples of dragoon

  1. <she was dragooned into agreeing to the fraudulent scheme>



1689

First Known Use of dragoon

1689



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