[ druh-goon ]
/ drəˈgun /


(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.

verb (used with object)

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

1615–25; < French dragon, special use of dragon dragon, applied first to a pistol hammer (so named because of its shape), then to the firearm, then to the troops so armed


dra·goon·age, nounun·dra·gooned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dragoon

/ (drəˈɡuːn) /


(originally) a mounted infantryman armed with a carbine
(sometimes capital) a domestic fancy pigeon
  1. a type of cavalryman
  2. (pl; cap when part of a name)the Royal Dragoons

verb (tr)

to coerce; forcehe was dragooned into admitting it
to persecute by military force

Derived forms of dragoon

dragoonage, noun

Word Origin for dragoon

C17: from French dragon (special use of dragon), soldier armed with a carbine, perhaps suggesting that a carbine, like a dragon, breathed forth fire
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