drake

1
[ dreyk ]
/ dreɪk /
|

noun

a male duck.Compare duck1(def 2).

Origin of drake

1
1250–1300; Middle English; cognate with Low German drake, dialectal German drache; compare Old High German antrahho, anutrehho male duck

Definition for drake (2 of 3)

drake

2
[ dreyk ]
/ dreɪk /

noun

a small cannon, used especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Archaic. a dragon.

Origin of drake

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English draca < Latin dracō dragon

Definition for drake (3 of 3)

Drake

[ dreyk ]
/ dreɪk /

noun

Sir Francis,c1540–96, English admiral and buccaneer: sailed around the world 1577–80.
Joseph Rod·man [rod-muh n] /ˈrɒd mən/, 1795–1820, U.S. poet.

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British Dictionary definitions for drake (1 of 3)

drake

1
/ (dreɪk) /

noun

the male of any duck

Word Origin for drake

C13: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Dutch andrake, Old High German antrahho

British Dictionary definitions for drake (2 of 3)

drake

2
/ (dreɪk) /

noun

angling an artificial fly resembling a mayfly
history a small cannon
an obsolete word for dragon

Word Origin for drake

Old English draca, ultimately from Latin dracō dragon

British Dictionary definitions for drake (3 of 3)

Drake

/ (dreɪk) /

noun

Sir Francis. ?1540–96, English navigator and buccaneer, the first Englishman to sail around the world (1577–80). He commanded a fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588) and contributed greatly to its defeat

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