Dracula

[ drak-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈdræk yə lə /

noun

(italics) a novel (1897) by Bram Stoker.
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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Culture definitions for dracula, count

Dracula, Count

The title character of Dracula, a novel from the late nineteenth century by the English author Bram Stoker. Count Dracula, a vampire, is from Transylvania, a region of eastern Europe now in Romania. He takes his name from a bloodthirsty nobleman of the Middle Ages. To lay the vampire Dracula's spirit to rest, one must drive a wooden stake through his heart.


Note

Count Dracula was played in films by the Hungarian-born actor Bela Lugosi, whose elegant, exotic accent has become associated with the character.
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