(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.
- dra·goon·age, noun
- un·dra·gooned, adjective
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How to use dragoon in a sentence
Success to cross-roads, blind galloways, helter-skelter dragooning, and blink-eyed farmers!Three Courses and a Dessert | Anonymous
The Rebels succeeded in dragooning but very few of them into their ranks.The Secret Service. | Albert D. Richardson
We had no force with which to make any serious attack upon it, so that it was a day's dragooning, "all cry and little wool."Random Shots From a Rifleman | John Kincaid
"Or, as we used to say when I was dragooning thirty years ago, 'the tongue will scarcely meet the buckle,'" responded the colonel.
This was the dragooning system now to be carried out in Sindh.History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3) | Sir John William Kaye
British Dictionary definitions for dragoon
(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; force: he was dragooned into admitting it
to persecute by military force
- dragoonage, noun
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