[drom-uh nd, druhm-]


a large, fast-sailing ship of the Middle Ages.

Also drom·on [drom-uh n, druhm-] /ˈdrɒm ən, ˈdrʌm-/.

Origin of dromond

1300–50; Middle English dromund < Anglo-French dromund, dromo(u)n < Late Latin dromō, stem dromōn- < Greek drómōn swift ship, derivative of drómos a running
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Historical Examples of dromond

  • The Venetian dromond was to other merchant-ships as the dromedary to other camels.

  • Well I wot of all chapmen—and to-night weighs a dromond Sailing west away first, and then to the southlands.

  • The dromond, in war-time, was sometimes converted into a warship, by the addition of fighting-castles fore and aft.

    On the Spanish Main

    John Masefield

British Dictionary definitions for dromond


dromon (ˈdrɒmən, ˈdrʌm-)


a large swift sailing vessel of the 12th to 15th centuries

Word Origin for dromond

C13: from Anglo-French dromund, ultimately from Late Greek dromōn light swift ship, from dromos a running
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