[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. dragonfly,
  2. dragonhead,
  3. dragonnade,
  4. dragonnades,
  5. dragonroot,
  6. dragrope,
  7. dragsaw,
  8. dragster,
  9. dragsville,
  10. draguignan

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

Related formsdra·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 Formsdragoonage, 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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