drag·​on | \ ˈdra-gən \

Definition of dragon 

1 archaic : a huge serpent
2 : a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws
3 : a violent, combative, or very strict person
4 capitalized : draco
5 : something or someone formidable or baneful

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Other Words from dragon

dragonish \ -​gə-​nish \ adjective

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During the break, Kate signed up for the Sisterhood, which was a group of women who planned to row a dragon boat all the way from Dover in England to Cap Gris-Nez, near Calais in France, to raise funds for charity. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Broke Up Before They Got Married," 23 Sep. 2018 The first dragon boats were used among fisherman in China. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore dragon boat competition unites racers from all walks of life," 24 June 2018 The Woodlands Family YMCA will celebrate 20 years of teambuilding from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 as organizers once again bring in dragon boats from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Registration open for YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge," 23 June 2018 People race a dragon boat at night in Fuzhou, China, June 16. Kevin Kingsbury, WSJ, "Trade Worries Pervade Asia Markets," 18 June 2018 Seventeen people were killed after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, authorities said Sunday. chicagotribune.com, "17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China," 22 Apr. 2018 He and Danny were raised together as brothers, eventually battling it out for the right to face the dragon and win the Iron Fist. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Iron Fist’s second Netflix season mostly lives up to its promising trailer," 10 Sep. 2018 Toothless the bearded dragon had a look on his face at Repticon in Kissimmee on Saturday that betrayed his disinterest. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "7-foot boa, bearded dragon in unicorn hat show Repticon's extremes," 7 July 2018 In the end, Drago—the dragons—won the race, and all the fans came rushing out onto the track, screaming and crying and raising the Palio flag in glory. Maya Singer, Vogue, "A Weekend Under the Tuscan Sun with Rosetta Getty at the Palio Horse Race," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of dragon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dragon

Middle English, from Anglo-French dragun, from Latin dracon-, draco serpent, dragon, from Greek drakōn serpent; akin to Old English torht bright, Greek derkesthai to see, look at

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English Language Learners Definition of dragon

: an imaginary animal that can breathe out fire and looks like a very large lizard with wings, a long tail, and large claws


drag·​on | \ ˈdra-gən \

Kids Definition of dragon

: an imaginary animal usually pictured as a huge serpent or lizard with wings and large claws

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