- a mythical monster generally represented as a huge, winged reptile with crested head and enormous claws and teeth, and often spouting fire.
- Archaic. a huge serpent or snake.
- Bible. a large animal, possibly a large snake or crocodile.
- the dragon, Satan.
- a fierce, violent person.
- a very watchful and strict woman.
- flying dragon.
- Botany. any of several araceous plants, as Arisaema dracontium (green dragon or dragonroot), the flowers of which have a long, slender spadix and a green, shorter spathe.
- a short musket carried by a mounted infantryman in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- a soldier armed with such a musket.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Draco.
Origin of dragon
Examples from the Web for dragon
Contemporary Examples of dragon
How to Train Your Dragon 2, the tenth highest grossing movie in 2014 America, made $22 million at the Korean box office.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Look at The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, all of these Scandinavian things with female investigators.Frances McDormand on 'Olive Kitteridge,' Dropping LSD, and Her Beef With FX's 'Fargo'
September 3, 2014
There is no merit badge yet for Dragon Boat racing, although there is one for canoeing.
Dragon Boats have crossed the globe into the welcoming arms of American business.
New gods have come and gone, and Dragon Boat racing has become popular around the globe.
Historical Examples of dragon
Early were hammers ringing on anvils in the Dragon Court, and all was activity.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Yes; and the dragon with a hundred heads is a sight worth any man's seeing.
Do you think I am afraid of the dragon with a hundred heads!
It were better for me to have been devoured by the dragon, as my poor companions were.
Every tooth of the dragon had produced one of these sons of deadly mischief.
- a mythical monster usually represented as breathing fire and having a scaly reptilian body, wings, claws, and a long tail
- informal a fierce or intractable person, esp a woman
- any of various very large lizards, esp the Komodo dragon
- any of various North American aroid plants, esp the green dragon
- Christianity a manifestation of Satan or an attendant devil
- a yacht of the International Dragon Class, 8.88m long (29.2 feet), used in racing
- chase the dragon slang to smoke opium or heroin
Word Origin for dragon
early 13c., from Old French dragon, from Latin draconem (nominative draco) "huge serpent, dragon," from Greek drakon (genitive drakontos) "serpent, giant seafish," apparently from drak-, strong aorist stem of derkesthai "to see clearly," from PIE *derk- "to see." Perhaps the literal sense is "the one with the (deadly) glance."
The young are dragonets (14c.). Obsolete drake "dragon" is an older borrowing of the same word. Used in the Bible to translate Hebrew tannin "a great sea-monster," and tan, a desert mammal now believed to be the jackal.