[pen-drag-uh n]


the supreme leader: the title of certain ancient British chiefs.

Origin of pendragon

1470–80; < Medieval Latin (Geoffrey of Monmouth) Uthyrpendragun Uther Pendragon, taken as Medieval Welsh pen(n) head + *dragun < Late Latin dracōnēs, plural of dracō military standard, Latin: serpent, dragon (hence, chief or head standard), though the compound is unattested in Welsh sources outside of translations of Geoffrey of Monmouth
Related formspen·drag·on·ish, adjectivepen·drag·on·ship, noun


[pen-drag-uh n]


either of two kings of ancient Britain.Compare Arthur(def 2), Uther. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pendragon

Historical Examples of pendragon

  • I said I had gone across to Pendragon Park and shut the door in his face.

  • At the last Mrs. Pendragon pleaded a headache, and could not go.

    Their Pilgrimage

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Could swear that he never knew the horse "Pendragon" was stolen.


    Rolf Boldrewood

  • "I hope I am a 'true' Pendragon," he said, rather thoughtfully.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

  • "Certainly you won't be here long, or where Pendragon is," said he.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for pendragon



a supreme war chief or leader of the ancient Britons
Derived Formspendragonship, noun

Word Origin for pendragon

Welsh, literally: head dragon
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Word Origin and History for pendragon

"Welsh warlord" (mainly known now in Arthurian Uther Pendragon), late 15c., title of a chief leader in war of ancient Britain or Wales, from pen "head" (see pen-) + dragon, which figured on the standard of a cohort.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper