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

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Get up close and personal with bearded dragons, other lizards and snakes. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kiwanis Club supports Meals on Wheels for 35 years," 12 June 2019 Does that scene indicate that Hiccup's children would have dragons? Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "How to Train Your Dragon's," 11 May 2019 Both sisters have been on quite the journey since season one’s early days in Winterfell, and Sansa and her kid sister have since won our hearts — no dragons, direwolves, bratty teenage kings, or white walkers necessary. Allure, "See How Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner's Beauty Looks Have Evolved Throughout the Years," 11 Apr. 2019 In one corner, over a pair of low bookcases in light oak, were two paintings: a 16th-century Russian Orthodox icon of St. George slaying the dragon and Othello (1931), by the contemporary artist Christian Bérard. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 Vogueworld Gwendoline Christie Ruled the Game of Thrones Red Carpet in a Gown of Ice and Fire As the Game of Thrones saga comes to a close, many have tried to sum up the magic behind George R. R. Martin’s tale of kings, queens, and dragons. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gwendoline Christie Ruled the Game of Thrones Red Carpet in a Gown of Ice and Fire," 4 Apr. 2019 Dark magic is powerful, but its parasitic nature horrified the elves and dragons of the land who pushed humans into the west of the continent. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Dragon Prince is influenced by Avatar: The Last Airbender in the best ways," 7 Sep. 2018 Danny Rand’s ridiculous story about dragons and glowing fists and magical cities is supposed to be bonkers, and the showrunners and writers this season have gotten much better at acknowledging it. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Iron Fist is better in season 2. It still needs work.," 6 Sep. 2018 Spoiler: Lord Farquaad is eaten alive by a dragon in the end and everyone cheers. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Lord Farquaad Is a Style Icon," 29 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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The first known use of dragon was in the 13th century

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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 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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