[ drag-uh-muh n ]
/ ˈdræg ə mən /

noun, plural drag·o·mans, drag·o·men.

(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.

Nearby words

  1. dragline,
  2. dragline crane,
  3. dragnet,
  4. drago,
  5. drago, luis maría,
  6. dragomanic,
  7. dragon,
  8. dragon beam,
  9. dragon fruit,
  10. dragon lady

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 formsdrag·o·man·ic [drag-uh-man-ik] /ˌdræg əˈmæn ɪk/, drag·o·man·ish, adjective

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/ (ˈdræɡəʊmən) /

noun plural -mans or -men

(in some Middle Eastern countries, esp formerly) a professional interpreter or guide

Word Origin for dragoman

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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