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

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In it, Madame Gazelle teaches the children in the playgroup about the holiday, including traditions like lanterns, fireworks, and dragon dances. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This 'Peppa Pig' Chinese New Year Sneak Peek With Your Kids Tonight," 11 Jan. 2019 The story centers on Adara, a young girl who makes a special connection with a feared and mythic ice dragon. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "George R.R. Martin's 'The Ice Dragon' to Get the Animated Movie Treatment," 23 May 2018 As Tsoi reports, some highlighted cultural events are still going strong, like the fire dragon dance in Tai Hang Village, a tradition whose origins trace all the way back to 1880. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "These Tiny Works of Art Depict a Disappearing Way of Life in Hong Kong," 1 Mar. 2018 These fire and ice dragon tubes are on Amazon for just $20 a piece. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These GoT-Inspired Pool Floats Will Make You Feel Like the Mother of Dragons," 20 Mar. 2019 The crew dragon won't be transporting any passengers—save for a dummy outfitted in astronaut gear named Ripley—but will contain 450 pounds of cargo meant for undertaking tests. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Is Conducting Its First Passenger-Ready Launch on Saturday," 1 Mar. 2019 The Dragons Hatching Toothless, from the makers of Hatchimals, comes inside an egg that needs to be agitated before the dragon emerges. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Hatching Baby Toothless Is the Perfect Gift For Your Aspiring Hiccup," 20 Feb. 2019 The fire-breathing dragon that’s part of Magic Kingdom’s daily Festival of Fantasy parade caught aflame, Disney officials confirmed. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Video: Fire at Disney World's Festival of Fantasy parade; no one injured," 11 May 2018 Nearby, etched into a giant wooden egg are scenes of dragons being born, inspired by the famed Game of Thrones TV show. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fair's Design in Wood exhibit a feast for the eyes," 7 June 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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dragon

noun

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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