drag·​on ˈdra-gən How to pronounce dragon (audio)
archaic : a huge serpent
: a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws
: a violent, combative, or very strict person
capitalized : draco
: something or someone formidable or baneful
dragonish adjective

Examples of dragon in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


drag·​on ˈdrag-ən How to pronounce dragon (audio)
: an imaginary animal usually pictured as a huge serpent or lizard with wings and large claws
capitalized : draco

Middle English dragon "dragon," from early French dragun (same meaning), from Latin dracon-, draco "serpent, dragon," from Greek drakōn "serpent" — related to rankle

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