drag·on | \ ˈdra-gən \

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 \ adjective

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Fire-breathing dragons, Wonder Woman, anime, snakes and Jedi are part of the weekend entertainment along with salsa dance, art and fairy tales. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Calendar for July 6-8: Pageant of the Masters, outdoor 'Last Jedi' and 'Wonder Woman' screenings, more," 24 June 2018 First was Ridley, a purple space dragon (and Metroid baddie) who has been requested by Smash Bros. fans for years. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," 15 June 2018 But Game of Thrones works because beyond dragons and zombies, there are dozens of humans struggling for power. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Durant Won't Leave the Warriors, But Maybe He Should," 8 June 2018 The notice's intricate design includes a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, and the floral emblems for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland: the rose, thistle and shamrock. Ray Sanchez And James Gray, CNN, "Buckingham Palace shares image of Queen's official consent for Prince Harry's marriage," 12 May 2018 New Animoji New Animoji in iOS 11.3 includes a dragon, bear, skull and lion for a total of 16 different characters. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Apple's new iOS 11.3 update is here: What you need to know," 13 Apr. 2018 Although the narrative is heavily princess-focused, Ridley reassures Disney fans that there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a fire-breathing dragon, the lovable and hilarious Olaf and lots of fun tricks by a Russian acrobatic team. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Disney on Ice' skater Princess Tiana encourages kids to 'dream big'," 4 Feb. 2018 Armistice is fascinated by her Shogun World counterpart, who has a dragon tattoo instead of a snake; Hector wants to kill the badass ronin who serves as Shogun World’s Hector equivalent. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Welcome to Shogun World, Motherf—kers!," 21 May 2018 In one outstanding portion, Coco jumps on Puro, her meowing tiger pet, and runs across China's Great Wall to avoid all manner of enemies, including beautiful but mischievous dragon kites. Harold Goldberg, chicagotribune.com, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 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 \

Kids Definition of dragon

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

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