- (especially formerly) a European cavalryman of a heavily armed troop.
- a member of a military unit formerly composed of such cavalrymen, as in the British army.
- (formerly) a mounted infantryman armed with a short musket.
- to set dragoons or soldiers upon; persecute by armed force; oppress.
- to force by oppressive measures; coerce: The authorities dragooned the peasants into leaving their farms.
Origin of dragoon
Related Words for dragoonsquadron, dismay, dishearten, constrain, bully, subdue, alarm, appall, coerce, daunt, awe, scare, terrify, terrorize, start, require, cause, force, drive, torture
Examples from the Web for dragoon
Historical Examples of dragoon
One dragoon advanced and was struck off his horse by the bayonet.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
And thus evaporates the last vestige of the dragoon's Christmas festivity.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
In any case, the dragoon was obviously plethoric and would be the better for a blood-letting.Captain Blood
The chase had begun with the beginning of the day, at Dragoon Pass.
When you crossed the summits of the Dragoon Mountains you were beyond the pale.
- (originally) a mounted infantryman armed with a carbine
- (sometimes capital) a domestic fancy pigeon
- a type of cavalryman
- (pl; cap when part of a name)the Royal Dragoons
- to coerce; forcehe was dragooned into admitting it
- to persecute by military force
Word Origin for dragoon
1680s, literally "to force by the agency of dragoons" (which were used by the French kings to persecute Protestants), from dragoon (n.). Related: Dragooned; dragooning.