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
dragonishplay \-gə-nish\ adjective
Recent Examples of dragon from the Web
The event will feature dragon boat races, two music stages, a water ski show, family movie night, food and more.
A handful of the programs, like Outward Bound, are well known, while others, like Where There Be Dragons and Ridge Mountain Academy, are growing in popularity.
And though Christine Bunuan plays Sister Chang's smiling malevolence to the hilt, there is an uncomfortable undertone of dragon lady cliche to the character as written.
Taking down Maryland is like taking down the dragon.
Koch became the first veterinarian to perform cataract surgery on a komodo dragon -- at the National Zoo.
Dragons pitcher Cutter Sippel scattered five hits while striking out five.
Also in the queue for the actor is Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One adaptation, Western film Walden, Kristen Stewart thriller Underwater and How to Train Your Dragon 3.
This probably isn't going to happen because the enemies to the north are literal ice zombies and the ones to the east are fire-breathing dragons, but hey, nobody ever got to sit on the Iron Throne without a little bit of self-delusion.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
DRAGON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of dragon for Students
: an imaginary animal usually pictured as a huge serpent or lizard with wings and large claws
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