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dragoman

[drag-uh-muh n]
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noun, plural drag·o·mans, drag·o·men.
  1. (in the Near East) a professional interpreter.
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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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Related Words

linguist, adapter, polyglot, cryptologist, decoder, dragoman, cryptographer, explainer, glossator

Examples from the Web for dragoman

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • Three men had come to-day, one who might be a dragoman, and two Europeans.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for dragoman

dragoman

noun plural -mans or -men
  1. (in some Middle Eastern countries, esp formerly) a professional interpreter or guide
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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

n.

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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