drag·​on ˈdra-gən How to pronounce dragon (audio)
archaic : a huge serpent
: a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws
: a violent, combative, or very strict person
capitalized : draco
: something or someone formidable or baneful
dragonish adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This comes in many animal shapes, including a dog, rabbit, cat and dinosaur — and, more recently, a dragon and a unicorn. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 2022 The chest, the dragon bracelet, and a few other items are not for sale, because the proprietors of Tesouro Sagrado Holdings have kept them. Isabella Rosario, Outside Online, 15 Nov. 2022 Atop this luscious chaos sat a neat but asymmetrical dome of foliage—a green cloud into which the dragon’s head vanished. Robert Moor, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 Going forward, the really significant thing for her is about getting her dragon. Town & Country, 24 Oct. 2022 Borros kicks them out and Lucerys rushes to his dragon, Arrax, in the pouring rain. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 24 Oct. 2022 After refusing to kneel earlier, Rhaenys is now ready to get involved too by using her dragon in this blockade effort. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 24 Oct. 2022 Some say Vhagar snatched Lucerys off his dragon's back and swallowed him whole. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 24 Oct. 2022 Arrax defies his young rider and tries to burn Vhagar; the beast, too old and too lethal to follow orders when directly attacked, retaliates by tearing Luke and his dragon to bits in its massive jaws, letting the pieces plummet to the ground. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dragon was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



drag·​on ˈdrag-ən How to pronounce dragon (audio)
: an imaginary animal usually pictured as a huge serpent or lizard with wings and large claws
capitalized : draco

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