dragon

noun
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 \ -​gə-​nish How to pronounce dragonish (audio) \ adjective

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The crew dragon won't be transporting any passengers—save for a dummy outfitted in astronaut gear named Ripley—but will contain 450 pounds of cargo meant for undertaking tests. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Is Conducting Its First Passenger-Ready Launch on Saturday," 1 Mar. 2019 The Dragons Hatching Toothless, from the makers of Hatchimals, comes inside an egg that needs to be agitated before the dragon emerges. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Hatching Baby Toothless Is the Perfect Gift For Your Aspiring Hiccup," 20 Feb. 2019 The fire-breathing dragon that’s part of Magic Kingdom’s daily Festival of Fantasy parade caught aflame, Disney officials confirmed. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Video: Fire at Disney World's Festival of Fantasy parade; no one injured," 11 May 2018 Nearby, etched into a giant wooden egg are scenes of dragons being born, inspired by the famed Game of Thrones TV show. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fair's Design in Wood exhibit a feast for the eyes," 7 June 2018 The bearded dragon is being looked after by the university's wildlife control person, Richard Ness. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "University of Wisconsin staff find a bearded dragon sunning itself near Bascom Hall," 25 May 2018 Chavoor could hear the fire roaring like an army of dragons, snarling and spitting, all around him. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 In the shadows, a dragon with a polka-dot tail lashes at the rafters, while blue-faced Tibetan demons grimace, their goggle-eyes yellowed by smoke. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Fox Searchlight In the past decade, David Lowery has made movies about thieves, runaway kids, ghosts, and giant dragons. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Robert Redford bids farewell to the silver screen in the pitch-perfect The Old Man & the Gun," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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dragon

noun

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

dragon

noun
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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