dragon

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noun drag·on \ˈdra-gən\

Definition of dragon

  1. 1 archaic :  a huge serpent

  2. 2 :  a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws

  3. 3 :  a violent, combative, or very strict person

  4. 4 capitalized :  draco

  5. 5 :  something or someone formidable or baneful

dragonish

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dragon for English Language Learners

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


DRAGON Defined for Kids

dragon

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noun drag·on \ˈdra-gən\

Definition of dragon for Students

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



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