dragoon

noun
dra·​goon | \drə-ˈgün, dra-\

Definition of dragoon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed mounted troops

dragoon

verb

Definition of dragoon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to subjugate or persecute by harsh use of troops

2 : to force into submission or compliance especially by violent measures

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Noun

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Verb

A dragoon was a mounted European infantryman of the 17th and 18th centuries armed with a firearm called by the same name. No arm-twisting should be needed to get you to believe that the firearm's name, which came to English from French, is derived from its semblance to a fire-breathing dragon when fired. History has recorded the dragonish nature of the dragoons who persecuted the French Protestants in the 17th century, during the reign of Louis XIV. The persecution by means of the dragoons led to the use of the word dragoon as a verb.

Examples of dragoon in a Sentence

Verb

she was dragooned into agreeing to the fraudulent scheme

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The hat is said to have been picked up as a war trophy by a Dutch dragoon captain after the Battle of Waterloo, where a coalition of European armies defeated the French on June 18, 1815. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "Napoleon’s Hat, Dropped at Waterloo, Is Picked Up at Auction for $400,000," 18 June 2018 The two companies of U.S. Army dragoons that arrived eight months before Texas joined the union in 1846 followed Republic of Texas volunteers, the Mexican army and Spaniards who established the city in 1718. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Celebration of S.A. military coming to a rejuvenated Fort Sam," 3 May 2018 The camp hands out small Confederate flags at town events and lays a wreath at the site of two monuments to the dragoons on the last Monday in April, when the state celebrates Confederate Memorial Day. Washington Post, "The battle over our nation’s Confederate remnants," 12 Sep. 2017 Prattville Dragoons monument in Prattville, above, erected 1916, to honor unit that fought in the Battle of Shiloh. AL.com, "A look at Confederate monuments in every Alabama county," 17 Aug. 2017 The weekend’s stars are the Virginia militia, British Dragoons and Redcoats—all armed and dressed accordingly. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "6 Historic reenactments every American should see," 15 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now Dracaena fragrans, aka the corn plant, and spider plants are being dragooned into doing the job. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Dark Secrets of America’s Millennial Plant Lovers," 26 July 2018 Many Syrians flinch at the idea of going back, fearful that they will be killed, forced into camps or dragooned into the army. The Economist, "Syrian refugees could turn into the new Palestinians," 30 June 2018 The relatively small number of women who are fertile are dragooned as handmaids, child-bearing slaves for married couples. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes you work, but pays off as few shows ever could," 20 Apr. 2018 He's dragooned away from this life into a case investigating an insurance claim by a former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war and may have been trafficking loot stolen from Jews being deported to Auschwitz. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Greeks Bearing Gifts' will be the last in the popular 'Bernie Gunther' series begun in Nazi Germany," 5 Apr. 2018 His sole opponent, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, was dragooned into service hours before the registration deadline to avoid the embarrassment of a one-man race. The Economist, "Ahead of a farcical election, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi goes after the press," 8 Mar. 2018 Internet-of-things devices frequently have dismal security (which, apart from making them vulnerable to being dragooned into botnets, also makes them a gift to spies). David Meyer, Fortune, "How Criminals Can Mine Cryptocurrency With Your Poorly-Secured Smart Devices," 1 Mar. 2018 At any given moment, they can be dragooned by a presidential tweet into yet another fight to protect Trump, his associates, and his business empire, from independent scrutiny. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Joe Manchin Is Right: Washington Sucks," 2 Feb. 2018 The daughter of a doctor and a nursing school dean, Ms. Nagle started making up stories as a child, dragooning her two younger sisters into acting them out with her. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Fighting for Native Americans, in Court and Onstage," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dragoon

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dragoon

Noun

French dragon dragon, dragoon, from Middle French

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dragoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dragoon

: a soldier especially in the past who rode a horse and carried a gun

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