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Dracula

[drak-yuh-luh]
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noun
  1. (italics) a novel (1897) by Bram Stoker.
  2. Count, the central character in this novel: the archetype of a vampire.

Origin of Dracula

Low German Dracol, Dracole, Dracle a by-name of the Wallachian prince Vlad II, “the Impaler” (1431–76); orig. of the name is disputed, but it has long been popularly associated with Romanian dracul the devil (drac devil (< Latin dracō dragon) + -ul definite article)
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  • I am Dracula; and I bid you welcome, Mr. Harker, to my house.

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

  • To his original list of stories in this book, I have added an hitherto unpublished episode from Dracula.

    Dracula's Guest

    Bram Stoker

  • He had been posing as a retired dentist and here he was running up walls like the count in Dracula.

  • He come on moonlight rays as elemental dust—as again Jonathan saw those sisters in the castle of Dracula.

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

  • Of course, all vampires live to a strange lease on life, but most of them are spirits rather than human beings as was Dracula.


Word Origin and History for dracula

Dracula

n.

the vampire, from in Bram Stoker's novel (1897). It was a surname of Prince Vlad II of Wallachia (d.1476), and means in Romanian "son of Dracul," literally "the dragon," from the name and emblem taken by Vlad's father, also named Vlad, c.1431 when he joined the Order of the Dragon, founded 1418 by Sigismund the Glorious of Hungary to defend the Christian religion from the Turks and crush heretics and schismatics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper