dragon lady

noun

Definition of dragon lady

: an overbearing or tyrannical woman also : a glamorous often mysterious woman

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The new boss is a real dragon lady. a conniving dragon lady, their mother attempted to dominate their lives well into their adult years
Recent Examples on the Web But because of miscegenation laws that prevented interracial couples onscreen—and rampant yellowface practices—her opportunities were mostly limited to stereotypes like the rejected other woman or the villainous dragon lady. Time, "1928: Anna May Wong," 5 Mar. 2020 My eyes caught the glances of the portraits, all people who made their bread acting as dragon ladies and inscrutable Chinamen in the movies. San Francisco Chronicle, "Does a restaurant celebrating French colonialism belong in San Francisco?," 20 Sep. 2019 There's a dragon lady also walking around Winterfell right now with eyes that look green in a certain light... Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys' Maybe-Green Eyes on Game of Thrones Could Be Key to Her Fate," 2 May 2019

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First Known Use of dragon lady

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dragon lady

character in the comic strip "Terry and the Pirates" by Milton Caniff

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The first known use of dragon lady was in 1949

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“Dragon lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon%20lady. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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dragon lady

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dragon lady

chiefly US, informal + disapproving : a woman who is often angry or cruel especially when people do not do what she wants

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