[ drag-uh n ]
/ ˈdræg ən /


Nearby words

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

Origin of dragon

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin dracōn- (stem of dracō) < Greek drákōn kind of serpent, probably orig. epithet, the (sharp-)sighted one, akin to dérkesthai to look

Related formsdrag·on·ish, adjectivedrag·on·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dragon


/ (ˈdræɡən) /


Derived Formsdragoness, fem ndragonish, adjective

Word Origin for dragon

C13: from Old French, from Latin dracō, from Greek drakōn; related to drakos eye

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Word Origin and History 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.

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