dragon

noun
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

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Other Words from dragon

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

Examples of dragon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Interesting side note: No actual ice dragons were available during production (bummer,) so sound engineers took turns bashing ice slabs with a hammer to create some of the frigid monster noises. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here are the hottest video games to test drive at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019 Missandei and Greyworm also wear brooches composed of three dragons in a circle. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale," 18 May 2019 Unlike Sansa, Arya is pretty indifferent to the khaleesi and her entitled claim to the throne at the moment; Arya thinks Dany's dragons are cool, but that's about it. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys' Maybe-Green Eyes on Game of Thrones Could Be Key to Her Fate," 2 May 2019 The team also acquired a 2-day-old dragon that had died soon after birth. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Komodo Dragons Have Skin That Looks Like Chain Mail," 17 Sep. 2019 The line for the ride winds past rows of dragon eggs—some that look ready to hatch—and through Hagrid’s creature nursery before arriving at the loading platform. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New Harry Potter Roller Coaster Is the Biggest Change to Universal’s Wizarding World in Years," 12 June 2019 After his near-death experience on live TV, Nigel could feel, for the first time, his grip on the dragon loosening. Albert Chen, SI.com, "Billion Dollar Fantasy: Inside the War Between FanDuel and DraftKings that Rocked the Gambling Industry," 10 Sep. 2019 Game of Thrones was a cultural phenomenon that used its budget to secure expensive location spots around the world and build realistic-looking CGI dragons. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Apple TV Plus can afford to gamble $6 billion in a way that Disney and Hulu can’t," 20 Aug. 2019 The centerpiece attraction remains the dragon boat races, a feat of strength, speed and synchronization. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Dragon Boat Festival will feature a spicy noodle soup-eating contest this upcoming weekend," 22 July 2019

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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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The first known use of dragon was in the 13th century

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dragon

noun
How to pronounce dragon (audio)

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

dragon

noun
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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