dragoon

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1dra·goon

noun \drə-ˈgün, dra-\

: 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
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Origin of DRAGOON

French dragon dragon, dragoon, from Middle French
First Known Use: 1604

2dragoon

verb

Definition of DRAGOON

transitive verb
1
:  to subjugate or persecute by harsh use of troops
2
:  to force into submission or compliance especially by violent measures

Examples of DRAGOON

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

First Known Use of DRAGOON

1689

dragoon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In late 16th-century Europe, a mounted soldier who fought as a light cavalryman on attack and as a dismounted infantryman on defense. The term derived from his weapon, a short musket called the dragoon. Dragoons were organized in companies, and their officers bore infantry titles. By the 18th century, dragoon referred to members of certain cavalry regiments. The term is still applied in the British Army to certain armoured reconnaissance units.

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