drag·​o·​man ˈdra-gə-mən How to pronounce dragoman (audio)
plural dragomans or dragomen ˈdra-gə-mən How to pronounce dragoman (audio)
: an interpreter chiefly of Arabic, Turkish, or Persian employed especially in the Near East

Examples of dragoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These early vacationers often toured with large retinues, engaging local dragomans to guide them at great expense along the way. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, 24 Apr. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dragoman was in the 14th century

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“Dragoman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragoman. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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