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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
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[drag-uh-man-ik] /ˌdræg əˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
dragomanish, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Duchess motioned the dragoman away, and scanned the face of the new-comer shrewdly.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • At last his dragoman espied a lull, and went again to the battle.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • Just as if the two speakers did not understand each other's language, the dragoman had to interpret their questions and answers.

  • It was only two days ago that we passed Toski, where the dragoman said there had been a fight.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • The dragoman stood staring with his mouth half-open, and a curious slaty tint in his full, red lips.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • "The Libyan desert," said the dragoman, with a proud wave of his hand.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • At these words the dragoman turned pale, but the Sultan turned still paler.

  • The dragoman sat upon a stone and played nervously with his donkey-whip.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • "Whatever you give us," said they, "please put in our own hands," and we acted on the hint to the great disgust of the dragoman.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • Their dragoman was called Mahomet, and the principal guide Achmet.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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