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

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Two boys were standing nearby, the perfect size for dragon snacks. New York Times, "Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?," 12 Aug. 2019 There’s also a new legendary skin dubbed Ultima Knight, complete with a giant dragon glider. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite season X adds mech suits, a meteor, and ‘volatile rift zones’," 1 Aug. 2019 National Geographic reports they have been known to eat deer, pigs, smaller dragons and occasionally, water buffalo. Fox News, "Graphic video shows komodo dragon swallowing monkey whole," 27 July 2019 Little dragons The difference between the approaches Russia and China take to Central Asia is striking. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 Additionally, dragon boats are thought to ward off evil water spirits. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Dragon Boat Festival will feature a spicy noodle soup-eating contest this upcoming weekend," 22 July 2019 The property had existing groves of peach, apple, plum, pear and persimmon trees, which Rich has supplemented with 100 more fruit trees, as well as a new crop of 40 dragon fruit cactuses. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New family carries on legacy of 99-year-old Vista farm," 21 July 2019 And, no piece of TV furniture has sacrificed more than the Iron Throne, melted down by Dany’s dragon in the series finale. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Our definitive ranking of TV-show furniture, from the 'Friends' couch to the Iron Throne," 4 Sep. 2019 Other artists in the show use a similarly meticulous brand of realism to depict minutely detailed flowers, birds and insects in the margins around scenes of saints in armor spearing dragons and devils. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 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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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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