drag·​on | \ ˈdra-gən How to pronounce dragon (audio) \

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

Other Words from dragon

dragonish \ ˈdra-​gə-​nish How to pronounce dragon (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dragon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If cats aren't their favorite, there are plenty of other Feisty Pets, including a dragon and a unicorn. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 The whimsical effect continues across the boat to clouds in one of the guest suites, to the white-dotted patterns in the shower, all the way to a dragon on the top of the teak kettle in the country kitchen. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 The House Targaryen symbol features a dragon and bears a resemblance to the shapes on the Lucerne Dragon Stone, a rock of unknown origin with some interesting markings found in Lucerne. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Washington From the upper reaches of a hanging scroll, a dragon swoops down to rest its head on the lap of a haloed man, pinned into submission by the man’s stare. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 11 May 2022 It is topped with ancient mythological figures, including the sarimanok, a bird that guides the harvest seasons, and the naga, a serpent-like dragon associated with lunar and solar eclipses. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 The Shirburn Ballads, written in the Middle Ages, depict a pandemic as a fire-breathing dragon, scorching maidens with his hot, unrelenting breath. Erin Prater, Fortune, 7 May 2022 The footage also shows off more of the finished special effects of the series, including shots of Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen — and, of course, actual dragons and dragon eggs. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 May 2022 An extraordinarily complex capital city that is layers and layers of buildings and roads and alleys and towers, all under the corpse of a giant dead dragon. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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drag·​on | \ ˈdra-gən How to pronounce dragon (audio) \

Kids Definition of dragon

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

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