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 dragonish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dragon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Taipei, around 80 teams gathered at the Dajia Riverside Park to compete under the scorching sun in the two-day race, which features boats festooned with decorative dragon imagery. Washington Post, "Taiwan’s dragon boat races among few to be held this year," 25 June 2020 The vegetable tempura roll plays like a vegetarian dragon roll, avocado-clad and dressed with a sweet soy syrup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Sushi and sashimi for takeout? Here's how a new downtown Phoenix restaurant does it right," 17 June 2020 Harvey, like a dragon on a treasure pile, begins to guard her mountain of sentience, striving for the relaxation that might, in time, embolden a thief to take it. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Late-Night Revelations in a Memoir of Insomnia," 4 June 2020 The video that kickstarted her role as an on-camera personality showed her making dragon’s beard candy, which includes not just a detailed and beautifully shot look at how to create it, but an intro on its history and background. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "Asian Snacks Are More Popular Than Ever In America. Here’s What That Says About Asian-Americans," 26 May 2020 Miner was wearing white prison clothing and has white power, iron cross, and dragon tattoos on his body, according to the prison escape report. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "U.S. Marshals offer $10,000 reward in case of escaped Alabama murder convict," 27 Feb. 2020 Little dragons This special report will examine the changing nature of the tigers’ economies and make four big claims. The Economist, "Asian tigersAfter half a century of success, the Asian tigers must reinvent themselves," 5 Dec. 2019 Clarke has waded into rom-com territory before with 2016’s Me Before You, and proved to have more in her repertoire than mother of dragons. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding's Last Christmas is a ridiculous holiday trifle," 6 Nov. 2019 These yellow snap dragon-like plants are the area’s next dandelion. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year’s garden did great. This year, it did nothing. What went wrong?," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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