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 dragon (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dragon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And is a missing library book connected to the dragon attacks besieging the city? John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Watch’ Review: Making Fantasy Fun," 29 Dec. 2020 On the Mulan tower, architectural elements like a cherry blossom motif, jade ornamentation, and crossed golden spears symbolize Mulan’s fearless warrior spirit—and the dragon Mushu playfully stands atop her tower, using her finial as a gong. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Things to Know About Hong Kong Disneyland’s New Castle," 22 Dec. 2020 Puffs of smoke spouted for player introductions, but the dragon on the Viking ship was not allowed to breath fire. Star Tribune, "Minnesota Vikings season ends as it began with a limpid loss in a cavernous stadium without fans," 20 Dec. 2020 Its name derives from Thalasso, the word for sea in Greek, draco, the Latin word for dragon, and etchesi in honor of Etches’ discovery, according to New Scientist. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Amateur Fossil Hunter Discovers New ‘Sea Dragon’ Species on British Beach," 17 Dec. 2020 Even the fight scenes brighten up, culminating in a stunning-looking standoff between a dragon and a high-end military-grade helicopter. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A funky finish and Milla Jovovich can’t redeem ‘Monster Hunter’," 16 Dec. 2020 Second place receives this really just too cute velvety dragon hat with all those velvety spikes down the back. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1411: The back end of a Bulwer," 19 Nov. 2020 Two nights after slaying the Nick Saban dragon last fall, Ed Orgeron welcomed me to his office balcony and shared a spectacular view of Tiger Stadium in the distance. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: LSU’s shocking upset of Florida won’t wipe away Ed Orgeron’s 2020 problems," 12 Dec. 2020 The art display isn’t open to the public, but it has been admired by some shelter visitors, including one who paid $100 for a painting of a dragon. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Convention Center shelter showcases art created by homeless people," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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