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[drag-uh-muh n] /ˈdræg ə mən/
noun, plural dragomans, dragomen.
(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.
Origin of dragoman
1300-50; < French; replacing Middle English drogman interpreter < Middle French drog(o)man, dragoman < Medieval Greek drago(u)mános < Semitic; compare Arabic tarjumān, Akkadian targumannu
Related forms
[drag-uh-man-ik] /ˌdræg əˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
dragomanish, adjective Unabridged
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  • The only objection is, he's not as good-looking as Monny and I wanted our dragoman to be.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Then the lady say very quick she will take me for her dragoman.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • There had been some dispute about payment, and the Britisher had slapped the dragoman's face.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Afterward I learned that he was our dragoman's father; but I was loyal and did not tell.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It was too late from the moment that dragoman warned—my husband.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Three men had come to-day, one who might be a dragoman, and two Europeans.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He had engaged Bedr as dragoman, and on leaving had asked for Bedr's card.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • "The public will frequent this class of case," whispered his dragoman.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • His dragoman placed a hand respectfully over the Angel's mouth.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • "For the love of justice, sir, be silent," entreated his dragoman.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for dragoman


noun (pl) -mans, -men
(in some Middle Eastern countries, esp formerly) a professional interpreter or guide
Word Origin
C14: from French, from Italian dragomano, from Medieval Greek dragoumanos, from Arabic targumān an interpreter, from Aramaic tūrgemānā, of Akkadian origin
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Word Origin and History for dragoman

early 14c., from Old French drugemen, from late Greek dragoumanos, from Arabic targuman "interpreter," from targama "interpret." Treated in English as a compound, with plural -men.

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