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 Even the introduction of the Vikings under the smoke-puffing dragon ship was neither loud nor dramatic enough to draw much notice. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Absence of fans inside, outside U.S. Bank Stadium makes for eerily quiet opener," 13 Sep. 2020 There is plenty of pop culture props in the images, even a gigantic dragon, to hammer home the feel of the place. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Comic-Con reveals museum plans, prepares for summer 2021 opening," 10 Sep. 2020 However, this Mulan doesn’t cut her hair, gain a talking dragon guardian or make eyes at a hunky army general. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "The new 'Mulan': What's different in Disney's live-action remake (from no Mushu to more hair)?," 5 Sep. 2020 Other changes include: no songs, no Mushu the lizard-sized dragon (which means no Eddie Murphy, alas) and an additional character: Xian Liang (Gong Li), a witch in the invading army, led by Bori Khan (Jason Scott Lee). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "No songs, no Mushu, no theaters. What to expect from Disney's visually stunning 'Mulan'," 3 Sep. 2020 Like other creatures tied to a specific time and medium, the exuberant little dragon, voiced in the cartoon by Eddie Murphy, has gone extinct. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mulan’ Review: Woman Warrior Redux," 3 Sep. 2020 And whereas Mushu the dragon is nowhere to be found, a key addition that does wonders for the narrative is Xian Lang (Gong Li), a witch working for Bori Khan who can possess folks and turn into a hawk. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Disney packs new ‘Mulan’ with action," 5 Sep. 2020 The new Mulan lacks original love interest Shang (and dragon Mushu), but Liu teases that movie actually gives its lead two romantic connections. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Mulan Star Yifei Liu Talks Scoring the Role of a Lifetime: ‘This Is Really a Dream Moment’," 4 Sep. 2020 The researchers called their creation a dragon egg. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?," 31 Aug. 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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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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