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dragoon

noun dra·goon \ drə-ˈgün , dra- \

Definition of dragoon

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

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Origin and Etymology of dragoon

French dragon dragon, dragoon, from Middle French


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dragoon

verb

Definition of dragoon

transitive verb
1 :to subjugate or persecute by harsh use of troops
2 :to force into submission or compliance especially by violent measures

Examples of dragoon in a Sentence

  1. she was dragooned into agreeing to the fraudulent scheme

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Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of dragoon

1689



DRAGOON Defined for English Language Learners

dragoon

noun

Definition of dragoon for English Language Learners

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



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