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
In years past, attendees might have glimpsed a faux alligator lurking among water lilies or a dragon standing over a cauldron full of flowers.
Across much of Asia, peasants and soldiers used to bang drums and shoot arrows into the sky to chase away the dragon that was eating the sun, according to Brewer’s book.
Snuggles (14485/1880) is an adult female bearded dragon.
The teaser puts many an epic war scene on display, complete with armies clashing, ships aflame, Dany's dragons wreaking their usual havoc, and even a sword that's literally on fire.
The West All-Stars beat the East All-Stars 5-2 in the Midwest League All-Star Game, with two Dragons pitchers giving up the crucial runs for the East.
Dragons made of Lego bricks guard the entrance to the martial-arts themed Ninjago ride at Legoland.
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.
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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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