pendragon

[ pen-drag-uh n ]
/ pɛnˈdræg ən /

noun

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM pendragon

pen·drag·on·ish, adjectivepen·drag·on·ship, noun

Definition for pendragon (2 of 2)

Pendragon
[ pen-drag-uh n ]
/ pɛnˈdræg ən /

noun

either of two kings of ancient Britain.Compare Arthur(def 2), Uther.
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British Dictionary definitions for pendragon

pendragon
/ (pɛnˈdræɡən) /

noun

a supreme war chief or leader of the ancient Britons

Derived forms of pendragon

pendragonship, noun

Word Origin for pendragon

Welsh, literally: head dragon
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