dragoman

noun
drag·​o·​man | \ˈdra-gə-mən \
plural dragomans or dragomen\ -​mən \

Definition of dragoman 

: an interpreter chiefly of Arabic, Turkish, or Persian employed especially in the Near East

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These early vacationers often toured with large retinues, engaging local dragomans to guide them at great expense along the way. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourism," 24 Apr. 2017 These early vacationers often toured with large retinues, engaging local dragomans to guide them at great expense along the way. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourism," 24 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of dragoman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dragoman

Middle English drugeman, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian dragomanno, from Middle Greek dragomanos, from Arabic tarjumān, from Aramaic tūrgĕmānā

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