Simple Definition of dragoon
: a soldier especially in the past who rode a horse and carried a gun
Full Definition of dragoon
1 : a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed mounted troops
2 : cavalryman
Origin and Etymology of dragoon
French dragon dragon, dragoon, from Middle French
First Known Use: 1604
Definition of dragoon
1 : to subjugate or persecute by harsh use of troops
2 : to force into submission or compliance especially by violent measures
Examples of dragoon in a sentence
<she was dragooned into agreeing to the fraudulent scheme>
Did You Know?
A dragoon was a mounted European infantryman of the 17th and 18th centuries armed with a firearm called by the same name. No arm-twisting should be needed to get you to believe that the firearm's name, which came to English from French, is derived from its semblance to a fire-breathing dragon when fired. History has recorded the dragonish nature of the dragoons who persecuted the French Protestants in the 17th century, during the reign of Louis XIV. The persecution by means of the dragoons led to the use of the word dragoon as a verb.
First Known Use of dragoon
Rhymes with dragoon
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