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pendragon

[pen-drag-uh n] /pɛnˈdræg ən/
noun
1.
the supreme leader: the title of certain ancient British chiefs.
Origin of pendragon
1470-1480
1470-80; < Medieval Latin (Geoffrey of Monmouth) Uthyrpendragun Uther Pendragon, taken as Medieval Welsh pen(n) head + *dragun < Late Latin dracōnēs, plural of dracō military standard, Latin: serpent, dragon (hence, chief or head standard), though the compound is unattested in Welsh sources outside of translations of Geoffrey of Monmouth
Related forms
pendragonish, adjective
pendragonship, noun

Pendragon

[pen-drag-uh n] /pɛnˈdræg ən/
noun
1.
either of two kings of ancient Britain.
Compare Arthur (def 2), Uther.
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  • I said I had gone across to pendragon Park and shut the door in his face.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • At the last Mrs. pendragon pleaded a headache, and could not go.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • Could swear that he never knew the horse "pendragon" was stolen.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • "I hope I am a 'true' pendragon," he said, rather thoughtfully.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • "Certainly you won't be here long, or where pendragon is," said he.

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    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • E got some work at a farm out at pendragon and 'e was just goin' there when I came along and made 'im come to Spain. '

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • I'd 'a' fallen clear to the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen if't hadn't been for Mr. pendragon, as he was then.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • She put up an inscription over the gate similar to the one which she inscribed at pendragon.

  • Probably she rebuilt it, and changed it from a tower—like pendragon—into a castle.

  • But the artist proposed a walk up to Newport, and Mr. King getting Mrs. pendragon to accompany them, the party set out.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for pendragon

pendragon

/pɛnˈdræɡən/
noun
1.
a supreme war chief or leader of the ancient Britons
Derived Forms
pendragonship, noun
Word Origin
Welsh, literally: head dragon
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Word Origin and History for pendragon
n.

"Welsh warlord" (mainly known now in Arthurian Uther Pendragon), late 15c., title of a chief leader in war of ancient Britain or Wales, from pen "head" (see pen-) + dragon, which figured on the standard of a cohort.

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