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

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 There may never be a better chance for MLS to slay the Liga MX dragon. Seth Vertelney, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 If Powell and the Fed slay the inflation dragon, the battle will likely claim casualties, but turn out to be a positive for stocks down the road. John Dobosz, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Among recent merch: a purple plastic popcorn bucket in the shape of a dragon named Figment. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Their reasons for doing so range from the desire to help their fellow man to the thrill of being able to slay a digital dragon. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Tremblay will play Elmer while Matarazzo voices the dragon. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 Rihanna's look included a silver headpiece, low-rise satin pants with a dragon on the side and a mixed media lace and latex crop top — giving her future offspring an uninterrupted view of a high fashion runway. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Wang cut beasts and flowers from red paper, and painted a boldly hued and patterned portrait of her young self with a toy dragon on a stick. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Annie Rose won out in a national voting contest among an impressive field of candidates, including a bearded dragon, hedgehog, and llama. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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More Definitions for dragon


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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